Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
JIMENEZ, Pablo; BORRAS, Cari and FLEITAS, Ileana. Accreditation of diagnostic imaging services in developing countries. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2006, vol.20, n.2-3, pp. 104-112. ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892006000800007.
In recent decades, medical imaging has experienced a technological revolution. After conducting several surveys to assess the quality and safety of diagnostic imaging services in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) developed a basic accreditation program that can be implemented by the ministry "of health of any developing country. Patterned after the American College of Radiology's accreditation program, the PAHO program relies on a national accreditation committee to establish and maintain accreditation standards. The process involves a peer review evaluation of: (1) imaging and processing equipment, (2) physician and technologist staff qualifications, (3) quality control and quality assurance programs, and (4) image quality and, where applicable, radiation dose. Public and private conventional radiography/ fluoroscopy, mammography, and ultrasound services may request accreditation. The radiography/fluoroscopy accreditation program has three modules from which to choose: chest radiography, general radiography, and fluoroscopy. The national accreditation committee verifies compliance with the standards. On behalf of the ministry of health, the accreditation committee also issues a three-year accreditation certificate. As needed, the accreditation committee consults with foreign technical and clinical experts.
Keywords : diagnostic imaging; radiology; accreditation; developing countries; Latin America; Caribbean region.