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JNMT (December 2012) A Practical Guide to Quality Improvement in Nuclear Medicine
JNMT, December 2012, Volume 40, Number 4

JNMT (December 2012) A Practical Guide to Quality Improvement in Nuclear Medicine

JNMT, December 2012, Volume 40, Number 4

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Release Date: December 1, 2012
Expiration Date: December 31, 2012

Mary Beth Farrell, CNMT1 and Sue H. Abreu, MD2

1Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, Ellicott City, Maryland; and 2IAC Board of Directors

Innovations and improvements in the field of nuclear medicine have created remarkable image accuracy and detail, which allow physicians to better diagnose disease. This ability has led to dramatic differences in patient care. To ensure that these diagnoses are reliable, imaging facilities must constantly monitor and seek to improve their practices. Quality improvement is a formal process of examining and improving performance through the analysis of data with the primary goal of enhancing patient care. Quality improvement activities in a nuclear medicine laboratory should emphasize accuracy and efficiency, patient and staff safety, and the patient's experience during care. Quality improvement in the nuclear medicine laboratory can potentially reduce the number of studies that need to be repeated because of poor quality, increase diagnostic accuracy, reduce radiation exposure, increase patient satisfaction, and save resources. This article will review the process of quality improvement; provide detailed, step-by-step instructions with special emphasis on project selection and data collection; and show examples of how to perform quality improvement projects.

Key Words: quality improvement; quality control; accuracy; efficiency

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The SNMMI, through its Verification of Involvement in Continuing Education (VOICE) program, has approved this journal article for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education hours (CEHs). VOICE-approved credit is recognized by most licensure states and by the NMTCB and ARRT as Category A credit. In order to receive CE credit, you must first complete the activity content. When completed, take the post-test assessment.  You must obtain a score of 80% to receive the CE credit.  You will have no more than 3 attempts to successfully complete the post-test. Release Date: December 1, 2012. Expiration Date: December 31, 2015. California Scope: 1.0 Non-Imaging (NI).

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