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Ekokardiyografi laboratuvarlarının akreditasyonu için Avrupa Kardiyovasküler Görüntüleme Derneği tarafından belirlenmiş güncel standartlar ve işlemler [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2014; 42(3): 17-31

Ekokardiyografi laboratuvarlarının akreditasyonu için Avrupa Kardiyovasküler Görüntüleme Derneği tarafından belirlenmiş güncel standartlar ve işlemler

Bogdan A. Popescu1, Alexandros Stefanidis2, Petros Nihoyannopoulos3, Kevin F. Fox4, Simon Ray5, Nuno Cardim6, Fausto Rigo7, Luigi P. Badano8, Alan G. Fraser9, Fausto Pinto10, Jose Luis Zamorano11, Gilbert Habib12, Gerald Maurer13, Patrizio Lancellotti14
1Department of Cardiology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila", Euroecolab, Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases 'Prof. Dr. C. C. Iliescu, Sauces. Fundeni 258, Sector 2, 022 328 in Bucharest, Romania
2APHB, La Timone Hospital, Cardiology Clinic, 13005 - Marseille, France
3Hammersmith Hospital, NHL, Imperial College, London, UK
4Imperial College, London, UK
5Department of Cardiology, University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester, UK
6Hospital da Luz, Nova School of Medicine, Lisbon, Portugal
7Dell'Angelo Hospital in Mestre, Venice, Italy
8Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences Department, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
9Wales Heart Research Institute, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
10Santa Maria University Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Academic Medical Center in Lisbon, CCUL, University of Lisbon, Portugal
11Ramon y Cajal University Hospital, Madrid, Spain
12Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France; APHB, La Timone Hospital, Cardiology Clinic, Marseille, France
13Department of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine II, Vienna Medical School, Vienna, Austria
14Department of Cardiology, Valvular Heart Disease Clinic at Liege University Hospital, GIGA Cardiovascular Sciences, CHU Sart Tilman, Liege, Belgium

Standards for echocardiographic laboratorieswere proposed by the European Association of Echocardiography (now the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging) 7 years ago in order to raise standards of practice and improve the quality of care. Criteria and requirements were published at that time for transthoracic, transoesophageal, and stress echocardiography. This paper reassesses and updates the quality standards to take account of experience and the technical developments of modern echocardiographic practice. It also discusses quality control, the incentives for laboratories to apply for accreditation, the reaccreditation criteria, and the current status and future prospects of the laboratory accreditation process.

Keywords: Accreditation, reaccreditation, echocardiography, echocardiography laboratory; quality standards

How to cite this article
Bogdan A. Popescu, Alexandros Stefanidis, Petros Nihoyannopoulos, Kevin F. Fox, Simon Ray, Nuno Cardim, Fausto Rigo, Luigi P. Badano, Alan G. Fraser, Fausto Pinto, Jose Luis Zamorano, Gilbert Habib, Gerald Maurer, Patrizio Lancellotti. Ekokardiyografi laboratuvarlarının akreditasyonu için Avrupa Kardiyovasküler Görüntüleme Derneği tarafından belirlenmiş güncel standartlar ve işlemler. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2014; 42(3): 17-31

Corresponding Author: Bogdan A. Popescu, Romania
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