All physicians who supervise and/or interpret nuclear medicine and/or PET examinations must be licensed medical practitioners who meet the following minimum criteria:
Interpreting Nuclear Medicine/PET Physician
Non-Nuclear Medicine Physician/Radiologist
Interpreting Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine/PET Only
Board certified in radiology, diagnostic radiology, nuclear radiology, or nuclear medicine by the American Board of Radiology (ABR), American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM), American Osteopathic Board of Radiology (AOBR), American Osteopathic Board of Nuclear Medicine (AOBNM), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), or College des Medecins du Quebec (CMQ). For physicians graduating from residency after 6/30/14, board certified/eligible as defined by the ABR.
Nuclear Medicine Only: Physicians trained prior to 1975 may be accepted as qualified if they interpreted at least an average of 50 scintigrams per month for the past 10 years.
PET Only: If not board-certified or board-certified prior to 2007, must also:
On renewal, physicians reading nuclear medicine must document one of the following:
PET Only: Physicians reading organ system-specific exams (i.e., body, abdominal, musculoskeletal, head) across multiple modalities must read a minimum of 60 organ system-specific PET exams in 36 months; however, they must read a total of 200 cross-sectional imaging (MRI, CT, PET/CT and ultrasound) studies over the prior 36 months.
Additional information regarding continuing experience requirements
On renewal, documents one of the following:
Additional information regarding continuing education requirements
In addition, all physicians supervising and/or interpreting nuclear medicine examinations must satisfy all applicable state and federal regulations, as well as any institutional policies that pertain to the in vivo use of radiopharmaceuticals, the use and dosage of contrast, if applicable, the performance of imaging procedures and the safe handling of radioactive materials.
Facilities monitoring cardiac stress studies must have one individual that has current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification present during the stress testing.
Occasional Readers who are providing imaging services to and for the practice readers are not required to meet the interpreting physician initial qualifications or continuing experience requirements. However, the reads of all occasional readers combined should not exceed 5% of the total volume of reads per practice and per modality. There must be an active written review process in place at the institution for occasional readers based on each institution’s credentialing requirements. Validation of this process will take place during any site visit by the ACR.
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