AACE/AIUM join forces to enhance quality and safety in thyroid/parathyroid ultrasound procedures

The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) announced today a joint agreement for enhancing training, safety, and policies and procedures in ultrasound examinations. In the joint announcement, Dr. Lennard Greenbaum, President of AIUM, said that its Clinical Standards Committee had completed an extensive review of the AACE course requirements for thyroid/parathyroid ultrasound certification and recertification, and determined that those endocrinologists successfully completing the AACE course will be recognized by AIUM as having demonstrated satisfactory training in thyroid/parathyroid ultrasound examinations.

AACE President, Dr. Steven M. Petak, said that AACE is pleased to have the course recognized by AIUM, a preeminent national ultrasound accreditation body, as having met the educational standards for quality and patient safety in the performance of ultrasound procedures. AIUM standards serve as a benchmark for professionals seeking to meet nationally accepted protocols in performing ultrasound examinations. Dr. Petak said, "Achieving recognition by AIUM for meeting these high educational standards in ultrasound is a tremendous accomplishment, and a clear demonstration of AACE's commitment to helping endocrinologists provide the highest quality care in the diagnosis and treatment of their patients with thyroid disorders."

Dr. Petak added that, since 1998, AACE has conducted a rigorous course curriculum in ultrasound for endocrinologists performing diagnostic evaluations for patients with thyroid and parathyroid disorders, which includes both diagnostic ultrasonography (US) and ultrasound guided fine needle aspirations (UGFNA). AACE offers this course in order to aid physicians in achieving the highest level of expertise, clinical skills, and capabilities in the performance of US and UGFNA for optimal patient care. Dr. Petak noted that AACE is also pleased to c

Contact: Jennifer Hilderbrand
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

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