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Medical Malpractice Prevention: The Joint Commmission publishes New and Revised Requirements for Diagnostic Imaging Services

Diagnostic Imaging is a medical area that has been developing extremely fast and with it the number of radiological medical procedures has increased tremendously. However high level of radiation exposure from medical imaging may have possible harmful effect on patients.

To prevent medical malpractice, the Joint Commission just approved new and revised requirements for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory care organizations that provide diagnostic imaging services, including those ambulatory organizations that have achieved Advanced Diagnostic Imaging certification. These requirement address:

– Documenting CT radiation doses in patient’s clinical record – Meeting the needs of the pediatric population and considering patient size – Managing safety risks in MRI environment – Imaging equipment maintenance and oversight – Minimum competency for radiology technologists, including registration and certification
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