Updated standards and processes for accreditation of echocardiographic laboratories from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging

Bogdan A. Popescu, Alexandros Stefanidis, Petros Nihoyannopoulos, Kevin F. Fox, Simon Ray, Nuno Cardim, Fausto Rigo, Luigi P. Badano, Alan G. Fraser, Fausto Pinto, Jose Luis Zamorano, Gilbert Habib, Gerald Maurer, Patrizio Lancellotti, Maria Joao Andrade, Erwan Donal, Thor Edvardsen, Albert Varga

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Abstract

Standards for echocardiographic laboratorieswere proposed by the European Association of Echocardiography (now the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging) 7 years ago in order to raise standards of practice and improve the quality of care. Criteria and requirements were published at that time for transthoracic, transoesophageal, and stress echocardiography. This paper reassesses and updates the quality standards to take account of experience and the technical developments of modern echocardiographic practice. It also discusses quality control, the incentives for laboratories to apply for accreditation, the reaccreditation criteria, and the current status and future prospects of the laboratory accreditation process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-727
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Volume15
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • Accreditation
  • Echocardiography
  • Echocardiography laboratory
  • Quality standards
  • Reaccreditation

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