Improving patient safety and reducing radiation dose have long been priorities for the medical community and imaging providers. With the turn of the 2016 calendar year, optimizing and managing radiation dose has taken center stage under the enforcement of the XR-29 Standard.
XR-29 is the CMS-enforced standard developed by the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of the National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA). Also referred to as MITA Smart Dose, the XR-29 Standard identifies four key attributes of CT systems that are designed to help clinicians with dose optimization and management.
Starting January 1, 2016, Medicare will reimburse at a lower rate for certain diagnostic CT scans performed using equipment in a physician’s office or in the hospital outpatient setting that does not meet all four attributes of the XR-29 Standard.