The Joint Commission Revises Standards for Diagnostic Imaging Services

February 17, 2016

On February 16, 2016, the Joint Commission (TJC) approved new Standards for Diagnostic Imaging Services for hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory care organizations. To view the Prepublication version of this Standard click here. Effective September 1, 2016, these revisions specify the minimum qualifications technologists need to perform diagnostic computed tomography (CT) procedures.

This announcement follows comments made by SNMMI in 2014 regarding TJC’s Proposed Revisions to their Diagnostic Imaging Services Standards. SNMMI is pleased TJC followed SNMMI's recommendations, and made the following changes to their Standards.

  • Recognition of technologists certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) as qualified to perform diagnostic computed tomography (CT) procedures;
  • Allows states to issue licensure that permits technologists to perform diagnostic CT procedures;
  • Exempts Cone beam computed tomography used in dental exams, and CT used in nuclear medicine exams such as SPECT or PET for attenuation from the above qualifications; and
  • Requires all technologists who perform diagnostic CT procedures to obtain an advanced-level certification in CT. Effective January 1, 2018.