certification: confirmation by an outside agency that one is qualified to perform within
a given occupation; the process of becoming registered (para 5-2).
Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA): responsible to
the US Office of Education for accrediting allied health educational programs; relies on
JRCERT recommendations (para 5-5).
computerized tomography: diagnosing disease processes through the use of narrow
moving beam of x-radiation that scans a thin cross-section of the body (para 2-7).
Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act (1981): radiographer training
programs must be accredited; radiographers must be properly credentialed
(certified/registered, and licensed, in states where applicable) (para 5-12).
full accreditation: program is in compliance or has a minor infraction that must be
rectified within a year; full reevaluation occurs within 5 years (para 5-5e).
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT):
provides consultation and guidance to programs on compliance with minimum
standards of essentials; accepts applications for development of programs by
sponsoring educational institutions; coordinates site visits and makes recommendations
on accreditation status to CAHEA (para 5-6).