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Quality assurance in echocardiography

K.F. Fox and B.A. Popescu

in The EAE Textbook of Echocardiography

Published on behalf of © European Society of Cardiology

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599639
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199602209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199599639.003.0028
Quality             assurance in echocardiography

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Quality assurance (QA) in echocardiography is the systematic process of ensuring that information sent out by echo laboratories is timely, appropriate, and accurate. All aspects of a service need to be continuously monitored and optimized if quality is to be maintained and furthermore improved.

Particular focus is needed on reporting and measurement with continuous checking for reporting errors and assessment of measurement variability.

A systematic QA programme needs to be an essential part of any echo laboratory. Life-determining clinical decisions may depend on it. In this chapter we describe the background to QA, current evidence and guidelines, and a systematic approach to QA.

Chapter.  3999 words. 

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine ; Radiology

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