Practice Parameters and Technical Standards
ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards promote the safe and effective use of diagnostic and therapeutic radiology by describing specific training, skills and techniques. The goal is to narrow the variability among radiology practices and provide guidance to achieve quality in radiology.
The draft PP&TS documents being considered at the upcoming ACR Annual Meeting are available for commenting starting in August. The draft parameters and standards are grouped into one of four (or five, if needed) field review cycles.
Field review is the last opportunity to make changes to Practice Parameters & Technical Standards during the review process. It is strongly encouraged for members to review documents during field review. Factual errors, grammar, and misspellings may be submitted directly to ACR staff at any time and should not be submitted during the approval process.
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ACR Manual on Contract Media
The premier resource for using contrast media in imaging has been updated. Included in the Manual on Contrast Media:
ACR Manual on MR Safety
MR Safety continues to evolve and in response, the ACR’s Committee on MR safety created the ACR Manual on MR Safety with updates and critical new information which replaces all earlier versions of the ACR Guidance Document on MR Safe Practices. The ACR Manual on MR Safety addresses numerous MR safety-related topics such as:
Special Patient Population Considerations
Implants, Devices and Objects
MR Environments to include 7T and intraoperative MR environments
Static Magnetic Fields
Time-Varying Gradient and RF Magnetic Field-Related Issues
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An incidental finding, also known as an incidentaloma, may be defined as “an incidentally discovered mass or lesion, detected by CT, MRI, or other imaging modality performed for an unrelated reason.”
An increase in the utilization of cross-sectional imaging examinations over the past three decades, has led to a marked increase in the number of findings detected that are unrelated to the primary objectives of the examinations.
2022-2023 MRS Radiological Safety Committee Survey
Please follow the link below to complete the survey. This is important data collection to help our chapter meet and exceed the high standards of the ACR.
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The unintentional introduction of ferromagnetic objects into MR environment pose significant safety risks including projectile injury, burns, implanted device malfunction, and injury related to implant motion. Mitigating this risk requires constant vigilance and a just-culture safety environment where reporting of safety events is supported, and process improvement is the central focus. The goal is to ensure balanced accountability for both individuals and the organization responsible for designing and improving systems in the workplace. The MR environment is one such system that can benefit from such an approach to analyze and mitigate risk.
We seek to understand the current state of MR safety practice in radiology departments across the State of Michigan with particular attention to Zone 4 infractions. For the purposes of the survey, we define Zone 4 infractions as the unintentional introduction of a ferromagnetic metallic object into MR Zone 4 (the scanner room).
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