Accreditation is the process by which institutions or facilities (e.g. laboratories) are assessed and recognized as having met prescribed standards.
American College of Radiology Practice Guidelines (ACR): The ACR sets forth guidelines to assist practitioners in providing appropriate radiologic care for patients.
Certification is the voluntary process by which practice-based requirements of the profession are assessed on individual practitioners and formal recognition and credentialing is granted.
Credentialing is the process of establishing the qualifications of licensed professionals, organizational members or organizations, and assessing their background and legitimacy. The process is generally an objective evaluation of a subject's current licensure, training or experience, competence, and ability to provide particular services or perform particular procedures.
Diplomate is a practitioner who has training and experience beyond entry level and who has been assessed via a measurable, practice-based instrument and has met the standard of competence to be awarded certification by a specialty board.
Level 2 Training in Cardiovascular Computed Tomography: The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) collectively established a Clinical Competence Statement on Cardiac Imaging with CT and MR which outlines the requirements for attaining and maintaining the cognitive and technical skills necessary for the competent performance of cardiovascular computed tomography and magnetic resonance.
Licensure is permission granted by a state medical board to engage in the practice of medicine after completion of specific education and training.
Maintenance of Competency (MOC): The requirement that practitioners have ongoing educational opportunities (e.g. seminars, conferences, etc) and regular performance and interpretation of clinical cardiovascular computed tomography exams to stay current on evolving techniques and developments.
Qualification in Thoracic CT: Practitioners who are deemed qualified in thoracic CT as outlined in the ACR Practice Guidelines for Performing and Interpreting Diagnostic CT are board certified in Radiology or Diagnostic Radiology, plus have interpreted 300 CT exams in the past 36 months.
Not Qualified in Thoracic CT: Practitioner who are not qualified in thoracic CT as outlined in the ACR Practice Guidelines for Performing and Interpreting Diagnostic CT may still be eligible to apply for the CBCCT exam if they provide documentation that they have interpreted 500 CT exams, including 100 thoracic in the past 36 months; and have a sound understanding of the principles of radiation protection, morphologic and pathophysiologic manifestations and artifacts, are familiar with patient preparation, and are responsible for reviewing all indications for the exam.
Recertification is the process of demonstrating continued experience and training in the field of cardiovascular computed tomography. To maintain valid certification in the field of cardiac CT imaging, Diplomates are required to recertify every ten (10) years. The recertification process involves an eligibility process and subsequent passing a recertification exam, which is given at Prometric testing centers. Diplomates are invited to recertify in their eighth, ninth or final year of certification and a notice advising them of such will be sent to them.
Testamur is a practitioner who has not met the pre-requisite training and experience requirements (e.g. full medical license and/or board certified in Cardiology/Radiology or Nuclear Medicine) to be awarded certification by the specialty board, but is permitted to sit for the certification exam. Upon successfully obtaining the pre-requisite training the practitioner would be granted Diplomate status.