• ASRT Announcement

    Joint Commission Reminder for Personnel Performing Diagnostic CT Exams

    Sep 11, 2017

    The ASRT has received a number of questions from radiologic technologists about The Joint Commission’s 2016 Standards Changes for Providers of Diagnostic Imaging Services. According to The Joint Commission 2016 New and Revised Diagnostic Imaging Requirements, it rescinded two computed tomography performance measures in its diagnostic imaging requirements for hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory care organizations. It deleted a note in one standard that would have required all technologists who perform diagnostic CT exams to obtain advanced-level CT certification. In addition, it suspended the implementation of a standard for personnel to participate in education that prepares them to achieve advanced-level CT certification.

    ASRT worked with other medical imaging organizations and The Joint Commission for more than two years to propose the standards; however, the commission removed them in July 2016. The ASRT position is that patient safety concerns are best addressed through employing educationally prepared and clinically competent radiologic technologists with the appropriate training and credentials.

    Go to https://www.jointcommission.org/standards_changes_providers_diagnostic_imaging_services/ to read the updated standards. For specific questions about the standards, please contact The Joint Commission at 630-792-5800 or visit www.jointcommission.org.

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