Grady Neurovascular Lab Earns IAC Accreditation
August 20, 2020
Grady’s Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center is home to Atlanta’s first neurovascular ultrasound lab accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). The accreditation is for both intracranial cerebrovascular and extracranial cerebrovascular testing.
Early detection of stroke saves lives, and there are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on vascular testing. The training and experience of the technologist performing the procedure, the type of equipment used, and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.
According to the IAC, accreditation shows that Marcus Stroke Neuroscience Center Neurovascular Lab has undergone an intensive application and review process, and is found to be in compliance with the published standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in vascular testing. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.
IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management, and cardiac electrophysiology. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®. IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to vascular testing, which include physicians, sonographers, and technologists. To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.