What Patients Should Know
Welcome to the Patient Information section of IAC CT online. The IAC provides the following information about CT as a service to the general public. This section is designed to help prospective patients stay educated and informed about CT and the importance of accredited facilities.
IAC Accreditation – The “Seal of Approval” Patients Can Count On
Private offices, clinics and departments within hospitals that are accredited by the IAC submit to a review of their daily operations. By participating in the accreditation process, these facilities demonstrate a commitment to the performance of quality CT imaging and strive to meet nationally recognized standards. During the accreditation process, applicant CT facilities must submit documentation on every aspect of their daily operations. While completing the application, facilities are required to identify and correct potential problems, revising protocols and validating quality improvement programs. Accreditation is granted only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with the IAC Standards. Once granted, IAC accreditation is valid for a period of three years, after which time the facility must undergo a repeat evaluation.
Locate An IAC-Accredited CT Facility
IAC offers an online tool to assist patients in locating an IAC accredited facility. When scheduling a procedure, patients are encouraged to research the accreditation status of the facility. Find An IAC-Accredited Facility»
How Else Can I Find Out If My CT Facility Is Accredited?
Look for the official IAC Seal of Accreditation! Your facility may have the Seal of Accreditation (pictured top right) on display as an indicator you are receiving the highest level of care. Patients can also try searching for the official certificate (pictured bottom right) as an indicator that the facility is granted accreditation by IAC.
The official IAC certificate contains the Seal of Accreditation, facility name and address, testing areas which the facility is accredited and the date the accreditation is granted through.
Information for Patients
What is a CT examination?
Computed tomography (CT) is a procedure that combines a series of x-ray images taken from different angles to digitally produce cross-sectional pictures of the body that yield good spatial resolution (the ability to distinguish two separate structures at small distances from each other). For certain medical conditions, CT may provide better overall diagnostic quality images than conventional x-ray. CT diagnostic examinations have become instrumental in the diagnoses and treatment planning of a multitude of ailments ranging from heart disease, tumors, fractures and sometimes life-threatening conditions such as acute appendicitis and stroke. Since its inception in the late 1960’s, CT technology has been hailed as one of the top five medical developments of the 20th century. (1)
According Dr. John Boone, chairman of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), 70 million CT scans are performed each year in the United States alone, and play a critical role in saving the lives of thousands of people every day. (2)
Physicians who recommend that their patients get a CT examination must be knowledgeable about the radiation involved for the study and your diagnostic imaging history. Experts are in agreement worldwide that the benefits of CT technology far outweigh the risks when knowledgeable staff are ordering, performing and interpreting the CT procedures.