With this in mind, the ABR established its Focused Practice Recognition program for doctors who use cardiac CT technology. (This technology provides a non-invasive assessment of arteries that supply the heart.) The program forms part of the ABR's system of maintenance of certification, which measures the knowledge and experience physicians gain in their practice. Focused Practice Recognition adds an extra credential that demonstrates a doctor's interest in safety and quality and his or her experience in cardiac CT procedures.
Requirements include the performance of 150 contrast-aided CT applications in a three-year period, 75 of which must be interpreted personally. Applicants must have completed at least four self-assessments and at least one practice quality improvement project. They must also pass an examination made up of written questions and simulated radiological studies.