The IAC MRI office is fully staffed with knowledgeable technical and support professionals who are ready to answer any questions you may have while completing the application for accreditation. Below is a listing of some of the most frequently asked questions:
Don't see the question you were looking for? Contact the IAC MRI staff for assistance.
How long does the IAC MRI accreditation review process take?
Upon an application's submission to the IAC office, it is imported into the database. Facilities have five days* to submit the corresponding hard copy components including the case studies, IAC Accreditation Agreement, attestations and fee (if paid by check). The accreditation review process generally takes approximately 12 to 16 weeks to complete and the decision returned to the facility.
*Expedited submissions per the terms and conditions (Page 5 of the IAC Policies and Procedures) must be received in the IAC office no later than the first business day of the submission month.
For details on complete review process, visit the Application Review section»
What is the cost to apply for IAC MRI accreditation?
Access to IAC MRI Online Accreditation is now free of charge. Applicant facilities are only charged the accreditation fee, due at the time of application submission. The accreditation fees are $2,600 for the first MRI unit. For facilities applying with more than one MRI unit, the fee is $1,500 per unit.
For more information, visit the Accreditation Fee section»
I work at a hospital not a facility; can I apply for IAC MRI accreditation?
All facilities that perform diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may apply for IAC MRI accreditation. The term “facility” is inclusive of all imaging centers, hospitals, physician offices, and other sites that perform MRI procedures.
I am new to the accreditation process how do I get started?
The first documents that must be reviewed are the IAC Standards and Guidelines for MRI Accreditation which is the basis of the IAC MRI accreditation program. The Standards are guidelines which were written by medical specialists in the field of MR imaging and comprise the IAC MRI Board of Directors. It is recommended that you download the Standards, highlight areas that you may have questions or shortcomings and call the IAC MRI office for clarification.
The Getting Started section of the IAC MRI website is a great resource to answering your questions.
What are the case study requirements?
Applicant facilities must submit six total case studies for each MRI unit. Cases must represent each area of testing that is performed on the scanner (i.e., Cardiovascular MRI, Breast MRI, Body MRI [chest (noncardiac), abdomen, pelvis, extremity], Musculoskeletal MRI, Neurological MRI and MRA). For example, if your facility is applying in two of the following testing areas you must submit three cases for each testing area; if your facility is applying in one testing area, you must submit six case studies total.
For complete details and requirements, please visit the Case Studies section at www.intersocietal.org/mri/seeking/case_studies.htm»
What are CE/CME requirements for the staff?
As outlined in the IAC Standards and Guidelines for MRI Accreditation, part of the criteria
for achieving MRI accreditation is the fulfillment of
certain Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements by facility
staff members. To view the complete requirements visit the CME Resources section.
What are the IAC MRI Quality Improvement (QI) Program requirements?
The IAC MRI accreditation program is comprised of several separate, yet integrated aspects of QI in the facility. The focus and goal of these components collectively is to provide quality patient care. For details of the QI Program requirements, refer to the
IAC Standards for MRI Accreditation, Part C: Quality Improvement.
Are facilities required to purchase a special QC phantom in order to become accredited by the IAC MRI?
Facilities applying for IAC MRI accreditation do not need to purchase a special phantom to perform quality control (QC) testing. However, applicant facilities are required to have an ongoing QI Program utilizing a phantom provided or recommended by the manufacturer, service engineer or site physicist. The facility is required to have an ongoing equipment quality control assessment with the corresponding documentation.
What QC documentation is required as part of the application process?
The QI Program must consist of MRI system installation acceptance testing and acceptance testing following a major upgrade. Documentation must include:
- QC Acceptance Test Results (QC test results performed after installation or after major upgrade or room design)
- Routine (daily and periodic) QC tests are to be conducted according to performance measurements as outlined by the Quality Improvement (QI) Committee and/or Medical Director.
- 5 days of daily QC tests (with test results and corresponding phantom images)
- Annual Preventive Maintenance Report (within 6 months of submission)
For more information please download the IAC MRI Standards and review Standard 1.2B - Equipment Quality Control.
Can you provide an example that can be used as guidance for the development of the facility specific policy and procedures?
Components of a policy and procedure that are recommended include the following:
- The policy should be facility specific
- The facility, clinic, office, hospital or medical center’s letterhead should be noted on at least the first page of every policy
- The policies should be numbered (i.e., MRI policy #5)
- The policy should have a title.
Example: Emergency Procedure for MRI
- The policy should be stated first, and outlines what you want to achieve
Example: It is the policy of Jacksonville Diagnostic Imaging Center to inform and educate all personnel the proper procedures to be taken in the event of a medical emergency
- The procedure is the step-by-step process that outlines how the goal stated in the policy will be achieved
a. stop the scan
b. assess patient’s condition
c. call for help (include number)
d. remove patient from bore or from scanner
e. start CPR
- Effective date, revised date, and review date should be noted
- Approval signature(s) from member(s) of the QI Committee
This is a very simplistic version of a policy and procedure. The content should emphasize the specifics of your facility and include as much detail as possible. Sample documents for the majority of the requested policies, can be found at www.intersocietal.org/mri/seeking/sample_documents.htm.
What policies and procedures will I be required to submit with the application?
There are several policies and procedures that must be submitted with the IAC MRI application. For the complete list, visit the Preparing Your Application section and access the Additional Required Items page.
What are the requirements of the Medical Director?
There are several training and experience pathways for physicians that serve as the Medical Director depending on the types of examinations performed in the facility. For complete requirements, please review STANDARD 1.1A - Medical Director in the IAC MRI Standards.
What are the requirements of the Technical Director?
There are several training and experience pathways for physicians that serve as the Technical Director depending on the types of examinations performed in the facility. For complete requirements, please review STANDARD 1.2A - Technical Director in the IAC MRI Standards.
How does a required site visit decision differ from the random site visit or audit?
As part of the IAC accreditation process, the applicant facility could potentially be required to undergo a site visit of their facility. During the process of rendering an accreditation decision, the Board of Directors may determine that a site visit is required in order to better assess the facility and determine the final accreditation decision.
Read more about Accreditation Decisions»
The random site visit or audit will be performed at an undisclosed date and will occur after the facility is granted accreditation by the IAC.
Are all accredited facilities required to undergo a random site visit or random audit?
Yes, in an effort to further substantiate continued compliance by accredited facilities and in response to the requirements sanctioned by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for CMS appointed Accreditation Organizations as part of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), the IAC has implemented a policy requiring all accredited facilities to undergo an audit or site visit at some time during their three-year accreditation period. Read more about Random Site Visits and Audits»
Do you have a logo I can put on my website and/or reports to show that my facility is accredited by IAC?
Yes! Each of the IAC programs have a unique Seal of Accreditation for use by accredited facilities. The seal is available
in color and black and white and is specific to the testing area your
facility is accredited in (vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, CT, dental CT or carotid stenting).
To download the Seal of Accreditation for your facility: please login to
your Online Accreditation account (www.iaconlineaccreditation.org); select the Applications tab at the top; and scroll down and click on the yellow star icon located next to your granted application under Available
Actions. Please note: The yellow star will only appear once your facility has been granted accreditation.
Need help downloading or using the Seal of Accreditation? E-mail the IAC marketing
team at email@example.com for assistance or login to your Online Accreditation account (www.iaconlineaccreditation.org) and click on the live chat to talk with
us live! Just be sure to select Seal of Accreditation/Marketing under request type and
we’d be happy to help you!
What are some other ways I can market my facility's accreditation?
Once a facility is granted accreditation, they often ask what they can do to promote this enormous achievement for their facility. There are a variety of resources offered by the IAC to assist your facility in promoting your accreditation achievement.
The marketing opportunities are endless, but each IAC accredited facility receives several marketing tools to help get them started including: an electronic Seal of Accreditation to use on reports, website, etc.; a sample press release to distribute announcing their accreditation achievement; two certificates and two accreditation decals to display in their facility; one complimentary embroidered patch and one complimentary lapel pin.
For more information about these materials and how to use them, visit the Marketing Tools section»
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