Medical Imaging Services (MIS) cover investigations of patients that provide imaging information for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease; or assessment of health. It includes conventional radiation based diagnostic radiology as well as a wide variety of specialised techniques including Ultrasound scans, Doppler studies, Bone densitometry, CT, MRI, PETCT, SPECT, Radionuclide imaging and therapy etc.
A medical imaging center must maintain certain standard of services (statutory or otherwise); as well as, strive for continuous improvement in the quality of services they provide. Standards for NABH Accreditation for Medical Imaging Services are thus developed and formulated, they are divided into 6 chapters containing 23 standards and 95 objective elements. These standards provide general guidelines pertaining to all diagnostic imaging services. There are certain tests routinely performed in diagnostic centres e.g. ECG, EEG, EMG, Nerve conduction etc., but as they are not imaging methods and are performed & reported by technical medical specialist other than radiologists, they are not included in these standards.
Benefits for Patients
Patients are the biggest beneficiary among all the stakeholders. Accreditation results in high quality of care and patient safety. The patients are serviced by credential medical staff. Rights of patients are respected and protected. Patient’s satisfaction is regularly evaluated.
Benefits for Medical Imaging Service
Accreditation to a Medical Imaging Service stimulates continuous improvement. It enables Medical Imaging Service in demonstrating commitment to quality care. It raises community confidence in the services provided by the hospital. It also provides opportunity to healthcare unit to benchmark with the best.
Benefits for Medical Imaging Service Staff
The staff in an accredited Medical Imaging Service is satisfied lot as it provides for continuous learning, good working environment, leadership and above all ownership of clinical processes. It improves overall professional and skill development of Radiologists, Nuclear Physicians and Para Medical Staff.