Multiple Sites - MRI
Facilities applying for accreditation with multiple sites may be eligible for a discounted rate and are encouraged to contact the IAC for more information. Facilities already accredited by the IAC may add multiple sites to their current accreditation at any time. Please review instructions and requirements below for how to complete this process.
Multiple site refers to either fixed or mobile testing sites operated by one entity and applying for accreditation under one accreditation agreement and application. The following criteria must be met without exception in order to apply as multiple sites:
- All staff members performing any magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures at any of the sites must be included in the application for accreditation.
- All physicians interpreting any MRI procedures at any of the sites must be included in the application for accreditation.
- All sites must have the same Medical Director and Technical Director.
- All medical and technical staff must participate in quality assurance and education programs.
- All sites utilize similar policies and protocols.
$1,325 per site for sites 2-3
$1,085 per site for sites 4-10 (20% discount)
$875 per site for each site over 10
Facilities with more than 20 sites, please e-mail Frank Vermeiren for additional information regarding multiple site pricing options.
A total of 6 case studies per MRI unit that are representative of all accredited testing areas. Each case study must contain all images on a CD, DVD, or memory stick (flash drive) in a DICOM format with the DICOM viewer installed, the final report, and a MRI Scan Parameter Form. View the Case Studies Requirements for guidance related to the types of MRI examinations to be submitted.
Facilities Seeking First-Time IAC Accreditation with Multiple Sites
Facilities applying for accreditation with multiple sites enter the information for their locations on the Manage Sites tab of their Online Accreditation account (iaconlineaccreditation.org). Before a user may enter additional sites, there is a series of qualifying questions that ensure the eligibility of the facility to apply as a multiple site. The accreditation decision will be rendered to each site individually. All correspondence will go through the address listed on the IAC Accreditation Agreement. If there are any medical or technical staff at the additional site that were not included as part of the original application, the facility’s Online Accreditation account (Manage Staff) must be updated to reflect all current staff members. Sites are not considered accredited until the documents have been reviewed, fees have been submitted and application has been granted.
Adding A Multiple Site to an Existing IAC Accreditation:
Accredited facilities wanting to add a multiple site must submit the completed Multiple Site Supplemental Application via traceable mail (i.e., UPS, FedEx) to IAC MRI, 6021 University Blvd, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043). Upon receipt of all required materials, the accreditation decision will be made at the next monthly IAC Board of Director’s meeting. If the added multiple site is accepted into the facility’s accreditation, accreditation for the added multiple site will expire when the facility’s original accreditation expires.
In addition to the Multiple Site Supplemental Application, the following items must be completed online and documentation must be submitted:
Complete the following items in the Online Accreditation account:
- Enter the additional site(s) in the Manage Sites section
- Enter the additional MRI unit(s) information in the Manage Equipment section
- Enter all additional medical staff members and technical staff members in the Manage Staff section
Submit the following documentation (via a traceable carrier such as UPS or FedEx):
- Formal letter of notification from Medical or Technical Director that the facility has added an MRI site
- List of additional medical staff member(s) and technical staff member(s) and their current credentials (e.g., state medical license, ARRT card, certificates of training, etc.)
- The report of a preventative maintenance (PM) performed by a service engineer within the past 12 months (prior to the additional site submission). If the MRI unit was recently installed (i.e., within the past 12 months) and a PM has not yet been performed, submit the acceptance testing performed by the service engineer at the time of installation of the MRI scanner.
- 5 days of routine operator quality control (QC) test results that includes the QC phantom images and the QC log sheet/report recording the QC measurements. The QC phantom images can be submitted on a CD, DVD or USB drive in a DICOM format.
- Case Studies (as detailed above)
- Multiple Site Fee (as indicated above)
Download a checklist outlining the requirements here.