The New and Improved ISCD Facility Accreditation Program (FAP) is a practice-based assessment of facilities that perform and report bone densitometry measurements in clinical settings. To be accredited, facilities must meet or exceed the acceptability standards set forth in four areas of The Essential Elements listed below.
The Essential Elements establish acceptability standards in the following areas:
- DXA Personnel
- DXA Equipment Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC)
- Scan Acquisition and Analysis
- Scan Interpretation and Reporting
Why accredit your facility? The ISCD Facility Accreditation Program:
- Protects and reassures the public that clinicians and technologists meet standards for quality patient assessment based on current scientific knowledge;
- Enhances standardization and improves accuracy and precision by requiring a uniform approach to nomenclature, data collection, acquisition, analysis and reporting; and
- Verifies to payers that quality standards are in place.
Bone Densitometry facilities currently eligible for this program are DXA scanner installations in the United States of America, located in hospitals, medical clinics, private medical offices, research facilities (capable of generating DXA reports), mobile DXA centers, and free-standing imaging centers that perform DXA of the spine, hip, and forearm in human subjects for diagnosis, fracture risk assessment and monitoring. Accreditation in additional skeletal assessment methods and expansion to countries is anticipated, but not available at this time.
The requirements for ISCD Facility Accreditation include completing a self-assessment application which documents performance objectives. These objectives include four core areas known as the four essential elements, which are critical to providing quality DXA service.
Contact: Director of Certification, Accreditation and Financial Operations
Last modified: May 13, 2015