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Will The Joint Commission regulation changes make X-ray QA more time-consuming?

Ed Brand

Annual equipment checks to ensure fluoroscopy X-ray units are working correctly is one of the
revisions by The Joint Commission elements of performance (Eps). Hospitals providing
fluoroscopy services will need to adhere to this new, revised standard as of January 1, 2019.
The Joint Commission EC.02.04.03 34 – At least annually, a diagnostic medical physicist
conducts a performance evaluation of all fluoroscopic imaging equipment. The evaluation
results, along with recommendations for correcting any problems identified, are documented.
Hospitals will need to test:

  • Beam alignment and collimation
  • Tube potential/kilovolt peak (kV/kVp) accuracy
  • Beam filtration (half-value layer)
  • High-contrast resolution
  • Low-contrast detectability
  • Maximum exposure rate in all imaging modes

Plus, displayed air-kerma rate and cumulative-air kerma accuracy (when applicable).

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