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Standards Regarding Continuing Quality Assurance (QA) in the Echocardiographic Laboratory

Standard Q1: Regular review of study acquisition, including the quality and completeness of the images and the accuracy of the measurements by each sonographer.

Standard Q2: Review of study interpretation, including the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of the reports of each interpreting physician.

Standard Q3: Staff meetings to review and discuss the results of QA process and introduce system-wide remedial or improvement measures.

Standard Q4: External Review for regular independent constructive feedback and review of either confirmatory or discordant findings by other laboratories.

Standard Q5: Validation against other diagnostic modalities.

Standard Q6: Case Review which is organization of and/or attendance at rounds and/or conferences focused on interesting case reports or series cases, or specific disease entities with an instructional content relevant to the activities of the laboratory.

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