Abdominal CT PQI Template

Template Contributors: Mannudeep K. Kalra, MD; Sarabjeet Singh, MD; Kimberly Applegate, MD

This template is designed to assist you in meeting Part IV of the maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements. Persons who are participating in the MOC program must select a practice quality improvement project that is relevant to their practice, produces measurable results that are suitable for repeated measurements, and is able to effect quality improvement. This template focuses on patient safety, specifically reducing CT radiation exposure in female patients ages 18 and older. Patients should be either all outpatients or all inpatients.

This material was fully qualified as a PQI template by the ABR on February 18, 2014.

This activity offers 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ following completion of an online test.

Target Audience:
The target audience for this activity is two-fold. Radiologists and other health professionals interested in abdomen CT radiation safety who wants to fulfill their maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements as it relates to practice quality improvement (PQI) can use this template as a guide for a PQI project. The template is written and the tools are provided to develop a PQI project that would include female patients ages 18 and older. Patients should be either all outpatients or all inpatients.

Goals and Objectives:
The goal of this template is two-fold. It is designed to provide radiologists and other health professionals with a comprehensive guide and tools to develop a PQI project that meets maintenance of certification requirements. The PQI projects developed in conjunction with the template are designed to reduce radiation exposure to patients undergoing abdominal CT examinations.

Disclosure of Commercial Interest:
M. Kalra has received a research grant from GE Healthcare. S. Singh has received grants from GE Healthcare and Philips Healthcare.

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Accreditation Statement
The American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education activities for physicians.

Designation Statement
The ARRS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Medical Association has determined that physicians not licensed in the US who participate in this CME activity are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Date of issuance: February 20, 2014
Date of expiration: February 19, 2020
Estimated time to complete the activity: 20 hour(s)