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Article

Department

Imaging and Diagnostic Radiology (East Africa)

Abstract

The objective of this study was to assess the level of compliance to quality assurance and image quality standards in computed tomography facilities in Kenyan hospitals. A quality assurance inspection and physical image quality assessment in eighteen representative computed tomography facilities were completed. A quantitative method was developed and used to score the results obtained from the physical image quality measurements using the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) water phantom. Inspection was done in order to establish the level of compliance with internationally recognized standards such as those stipulated in the European Guidelines Quality Criteria for Computed Tomography and the International Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Ionizing Radiation. The overall findings placed the national quality management performance at 50± 3%, while image quality and quality assurance performance were 61 ± 3% and 37 ± 3%, respectively. The quality assurance assessment benchmarked the country’s level of quality management system compliance in diagnostic radiology. During accreditation appraisal, the scrutiny of scores from each stage in the medical imaging chain per facility will encourage continual implementation of the quality improvement process.

Publication

Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics

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