The purpose of the IAC Echocardiography accreditation program is:

      “..to ensure high quality patient care and to promote health care by providing a mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality echocardiographic diagnostic evaluations by a process of accreditation.”

      Through the accreditation process, laboratories assess every aspect of daily operation and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients. While completing the accreditation application, laboratories often identify and correct potential problems, revising protocols and validating quality assurance programs. Because accreditation is renewed every three years, a long-term commitment to quality and self-assessment is developed and maintained.

      Laboratories may use IAC Echocardiography accreditation as the foundation to create and achieve realistic quality care goals.


      The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is a professional organization of physicians, cardiac sonographers, nurses and scientists involved in echocardiography, the use of ultrasound to image the heart and cardiovascular system.

      The organization was founded in 1975 and is the largest international organization for cardiac imaging.

      ASE is committed to excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound and its application to patient care through education, advocacy, research, innovation and service to our members and the public.We are the Heart and Circulation Ultrasound Specialists dedicated to improving our patients’ health and quality of life.

      We use ultrasound to provide an exceptional view of the cardiovascular system to enhance patient care.


      The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography was founded in 1970 to promote, advance, and educate its members and the medical community in the science of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

      The Society achieves its purpose by:

      • seeking the cooperation of similar organizations;
      • initiating and overseeing educational programs;
      • stimulating and encouraging research; encouraging presentation and publication of scientific papers;
      • collecting and disseminating information pertinent to the membership;
      • publishing a scientific journal and a newsletter;
      • and reviewing and establishing policies regarding the professional status, legislative activity, and welfare of its members.
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