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What are the responsibilities of the lead interpreting physician?

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In general, the lead interpreting physician must ensure that the quality assurance program, including personnel assignments, all equipment quality control tests, records, and corrective actions, the annual physicist’s survey, and medical audit and outcomes analysis, meet the required standards. He or she must ensure that the individuals he or she has assigned to quality assurance tasks are qualified to perform these tasks and that their performance is adequate.

Regarding medical outcome audits, he or she must either review and discuss the audit results with the other interpreting physicians or assign this task to another interpreting physician (the audit interpreting physician). For facilities with only one interpreting physician, that person will be the lead interpreting physician.

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