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- Received March 20, 2008
- Accepted April 3, 2008
- Published online May 1, 2008.
- Gary V. Heller, MD, PhD⁎ (, )
- Sandra L. Katanick, RN, CAE,
- Tamara Sloper, BS and
- Mario Garcia, MD
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Dr. Gary V. Heller, MD, PhD, Hartford Hospital, Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory, 80 Seymour Street, P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, Connecticut 06102-5037.
The accreditation of laboratories performing noninvasive cardiac procedures is now routinely available and often required by insurance companies. In this article, the history of the accreditation for cardiac procedures is reviewed, the process explained, and the number of accreditated laboratories listed. Decision pathways are listed, and common reasons for a laboratory being delayed in approval are described specific for the various modalities. Some of the common compliments and concerns received by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission are described.
Dr. Heller is the Past President of Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories, Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Computed Tomography Laboratories, and Intersocietal Accreditation Commission and Director of Nuclear Cardiology, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission and the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories. Dr. Katanick is the CEO and Ms. Sloper is the Director of Marketing, Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, Columbia, Maryland. Dr. Garcia is the President of Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Computed Tomography Laboratories, and the Director of Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.
- Received March 20, 2008.
- Accepted April 3, 2008.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation
- Why Accreditation of Laboratories, and Who Should Do It?
- The Forces Driving the Growth and Acceptance of Accreditation
- Development and Structure of Imaging Accreditation Programs
- The Application Process
- Decision Pathways
- Delays, Complaints, Compliments
- New Technologies
- Comparison With Alternate Facility Accreditation Programs
- The Future