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Recommended Testing Frequencies

Quality Control Procedures for Nuclear Medicine Gamma Cameras
Sample of suggested quality control testing frequenc

Author/Organization Bar Phantom
-Assesses Spatial Resolution
-Assesses Linearity
Center of Rotation
-Assesses Alignment of Axis
of Rotation
High Count Uniformity
-Assesses Planar and SPECT Uniformity
Tomographic Phantom
-Evaluates Overall SPECT Performance, Resolution, COR, Attenuation Correction
L. Graham, Ph.D., Fellow, American College of Radiology1 Every 1 week Every 2 weeks Every 2 weeks At Acceptance
After Repair
At least every 3 Months
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations2 At least every 3 Months At least every 3 Months At least every 3 Months At least every 3 Months
V. Ficken, Ph. D., Fellow, American College of Nuclear Physicians3 Every 2 weeks Every 2 weeks Every 2 weeks Every 2 weeks
American College of Radiology4 Every 1 week At least every 1 year At least every 1 year At least every 1 year
NEMA5 1 or 2 weeks 1 or 2 weeks 1 or 2 weeks Quarterly
American Society of Nuclear Cardiology6 Every 1 week Every 1 or 2 weeks    
Comments Usually stable, but critical for quality images. Usually very stable, but critical for quality images. System dependent, critical for quality images. Assesses overall SPECT performance Assesses critical elements of other 3 tests.

1Quality Control Procedures and Programs for Nuclear Medicine, AAPM, 1998
2Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals, JCAHO 1997
3SPECT Quality Control: A Program Recommended by the ACNP, Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology V22:4 Dec 1994
4ACR Standard for Medical Nuclear Physics Performance Monitoring of Nuclear Medicine Imaging Equipment, ACR, 1999
5Recommendations for Implementing SPECT Quality Control, NEMA,1998
6Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, J/F 2001

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