Multiple Sites - MRI
Facilities applying for accreditation with multiple sites may be eligible for a discounted rate and are encouraged to contact the IAC for more information. Facilities already accredited by the IAC may add multiple sites to their current accreditation at any time. Please review instructions and requirements below for how to complete this process.
Multiple site refers to either fixed or mobile testing sites operated by one entity and applying for accreditation under one accreditation agreement and application. The following criteria must be met without exception in order to apply as multiple sites:
- All technologists performing any magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures at any of the sites must be included in the application for accreditation.
- All physicians interpreting any MRI procedures at any of the sites must be included in the application for accreditation.
- All sites must have the same Medical Director and Technical Director.
- All physicians and technologists must participate together in quality assurance and education programs.
- All sites utilize similar protocols.
$1,325 per site for sites 2-3
$1,085 per site for sites 4-10 (20% discount)
$875 per site for each site over 10
Facilities with more than 20 sites, please e-mail Frank Vermeiren for additional information regarding multiple site pricing options.
A total of 6 case studies per MRI unit that are representative of all accredited testing areas. Each case study must contain all images on a CD, DVD, or memory stick (flash drive) in a DICOM format with the DICOM viewer installed, the final report, and a MRI Scan Parameter Form. View the Case Studies Requirements for guidance related to the types of MRI examinations to be submitted.
Facilities Seeking First-Time IAC Accreditation with Multiple Sites
Facilities applying for accreditation with multiple sites enter the information for their locations on the Manage Sites tab of their Online Accreditation account (iaconlineaccreditation.org). Before a user may enter additional sites, there is a series of qualifying questions that ensure the eligibility of the facility to apply as a multiple site. The accreditation decision will be rendered to each site individually. All correspondence will go through the address listed on the IAC Accreditation Agreement. If there are any medical or technical staff at the additional site that were not included as part of the original application, the facility’s Online Accreditation account (Manage Staff) must be updated to reflect all current staff members. Sites are not considered accredited until the documents have been reviewed, fees have been submitted and accreditation has been granted.
Adding A Multiple Site to an Existing IAC Accreditation:
Accredited facilities wanting to add a multiple site must submit the completed Multiple Site Supplemental Application via traceable mail (i.e., UPS, FedEx) to IAC MRI, 6021 University Blvd, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD, 21043). Upon receipt of all required materials, the accreditation decision will be made at the next monthly IAC Board of Director’s meeting. If the added multiple site is accepted into the facility’s accreditation, accreditation for the added multiple site will expire when the facility’s original accreditation expires.
In addition to the Multiple Site Supplemental Application, the following items must be completed online and documentation must be submitted:
Complete the following items in the Online Accreditation account:
- Enter the additional site(s) in the Manage Sites section of the Online Accreditation account
- Enter the additional MRI unit(s) information in the Manage Equipment section of the Online Accreditation account
- Enter all additional medical staff members and technical staff members in the Manage Staff section of the Online Accreditation account (if appropriate)
Submit the following documentation (via a traceable carrier such as UPS or FedEx):
- Case Studies (as detailed above)
- 5 days of routine operator quality control (QC) test results performed after the MRI unit was installed that includes the QC log sheet/report that records the QC measurements and corresponding phantom images that display the QC measurements. The QC phantom images must be submitted on a CD, DVD, or memory stick (flash drive) in a DICOM format
- The report of a preventative maintenance (PM) performed within the past 12 months. If the MRI unit was recently installed and a PM has not been performed, submit documentation of the post installation acceptance testing from the service engineer or medical physicist/qualified expert performed prior to clinical use.
- Multiple Site Fee (as indicated above)
Download a checklist outlining the requirements here.