Quality


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  • Cardiac Imaging Procedural Volume

    Why we measure it

    Our cardiac imaging team is composed of physicians, technologists, nurses and support staff who have continual medical training to provide excellent service; this ongoing education is the basis for high quality health care in Mississippi. Additionally, it is well known that the more experience a clinician or hospital has caring for patients with high-risk conditions or difficult diagnoses; the more likely patient care will be provided appropriately and without error. Evidence consistently shows that such high-volume providers deliver superior quality of care to patients, as reflected in patients’ lower mortality rates following complex procedures.

     Procedure CPT Code201120122013
    MR Cardiac without Contrast 755579918
    MR Cardiac with Contrast  75561168159141
    MR Congenital Heart75561 2666
    MR Cardiac with Stress Imaging75563243645
    Total MRI  201230270
         
    CT Calcium Scoring75571707285
    CTA Congenital Heart 7557317815798
    CTA Cardiac75574142145157
    Total CT 390374340

     

    How we compare

    The Society for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance has surveyed 93 centers in the world who provide imaging for combined pediatric and congenital heart disease. Of those, the median number of patients imaged in each center is 183 in 2012. In comparison, we imaged 138 patients in 2012. Below is a table of the centers performing pediatric and congenital heart MR imaging. 

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    Accreditation

    MRI and CT are widely used technologies and has become an important diagnostic modalities. There can be significant variability in quality from one site to another. Careful attention to quality in regards to the equipment performance and exam acquisition by using standard practices and quality control allows optimal conditions for diagnostic imaging and patient care. Quality assurance ensures that every imaging procedure is necessary and appropriate to the clinical problem. It also ensures that the images generated contain information critical to the solution of that problem. The report should be correctly interpreted and communicated to the patient’s care team. Finally, the examination should provide the patient with the lowest risk, cost and inconvenience to patient to complete the study. Quality control is an integral component to quality assurance and is a series of technical procedures to ensure the delivery of high quality images.

    The American College of Radiology has established requirements for site accreditation as well as specific criteria for accreditation in cardiac imaging. These criteria include cardiac images which meet minimal standards for anatomical coverage, artifacts, resolution, and image metadata. Since 2014, the Division of Cardiac Imaging has ACR accreditation specifically for cardiac MRI and CT within the context of overall site accreditation in the Department of Radiology.