Our company was established in 1995 and has been responsible for providing outstanding medical physics consulting services ever since. NPC provides physics services in the areas of Nuclear Medicine, Radiology, Accreditation, and Health Physics. Our specialties are in the area of nuclear medicine, X-ray, and MRI, radiation safety, and regulatory compliance. Our highly qualified and experienced full time consultants provide consulting services to hospitals, physician practices, imaging centers, and industrial clients. Our regular customers particularly value our professionalism, thoroughness, attention to detail, accessibility, and clear, concise reports. We currently provide routine services in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, S. Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. We have provided and will provide services to customers in other states
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National Physics Consultants (NPC) is a regional consulting organization staffed by full-time professionals with over thirty years of experience in Nuclear Medicine and Radiology physics. NPC services both large and small medical facilities and non-medical facilities and has a proven track record of excellence.
NPC provides radiology consulting services covering Radiation Safety, Regulatory Compliance, Certified Radiation Expert Services (Ohio Regulatory Requirement), Equipment QC and Acceptance Testing, Mammography QC, and MQSA Compliance, CT QC and Accreditation Support, MRI QC and Accreditation Support, Ultrasound QC and Accreditation Support, and Cone Beam CT QC.
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NPC has hired a new consultant, Mitya Barreto. We are excited to bring her talents to NPC and look forward to having her work at your site. Click here to check out Mitya's bio.
NPC has just hired a new consultant, Tommy Parsons. Tommy is based in Hurricane, West Virginia where he'll be positioned to improve accessibility to our numerous West Virginia Clients. He will also help us out in Ohio and other areas. Click here to check out Tommy's info.
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Daveid Hoeprich to NPC as our newest physicist / consultant. Click here to read all about him!
Yes FINALLY! The ACR has published its Digital mammography QC manual (but you can't start using it until 2017). The site can opt to use the new ACR QC manual or continue to use the manufacturer's manual.
The manual is being provided free of charge to accredited sites by the ACR. For more information visit the ACR website.
NPC endorses the use of the ACR manual, however it would require the site to purchase a new phantom. In some cases, using the new manual would result in less time spent by the technologist on routine QC, and in all cases, the amount of time spent by the physicist on QC would be reduced. NPC will reduce its physicist fees for sites using the new manual. Talk to or Email Bob Kobistek for more information about this.
Just like anybody else, we at NPC like to hear people say good things about us. Are you a happy customer who would like to let us know we did a good job? Or a bad job? Did a particular NPC employee do something that impressed you? If so, please visit our Feedback page and let us know. We’ll publish the good ones below! Read what our customers have to say about us:
Lee Ann SmarkelBlanchard Valley Hospital
Findlay, OhioI've been a customer of NPC for several years and I'd like to compliment the excellent job that they do. NPC goes to great lengths to make sure that my consulting needs are met on a timely basis and I've always been satisfied with both their work and professional demeanor. One aspect of NPC that is of particular use to me is the website. Everything I need to have access to is located online in one convenient place including reports, physicist credentials and any forms that I may need. The NPC website has been very beneficial during inspections! Great job NPC!
Northside Medical Center
I've been a customer of NPC for several years and I'd like to compliment the excellent job that they do. NPC goes to great lengths to make sure that my consulting needs are met on a timely basis and I've always been satisfied with both their work and professional demeanor. One aspect of NPC that is of particular use to me is the website. Everything I need to have access to is located online in one convenient place including reports, physicist credentials and any forms that I may need. The NPC website has been very beneficial during inspections! Great job NPC!
Judy BurnworthRTN, RSO
Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center
National Physics Consultants is a great group, they not only offer a service, but they become friends. When a question arises, all you have to do is call, they are happy to assist. Sharon always has the answer. NPC helps me feel comfortable, knowing my day to day operations are compliant with all current regulations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Accreditation (all modalities)
You should also visit the website of the accrediting body, the American College of Radiology, The Joint Commission, or the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. For ACR accreditations, you should download the program requirements documents and read them over. There are also clinical imaging guides which you should eventually also read. Be sure to contact your NPC representative early in the process. We need to schedule visits for phantom imaging, and we can help answer your questions along the way.
Direct links to the ACR Program Requirements Documents are as follows:
The new Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) requires imaging centers who offer certain advanced imaging modalities (CT, MRI, PET, Nuclear) to be accredited by January 1, 2012 in order to be reimbursed under Medicare Part B. Does this apply to hospitals?
We use a mobile service for PET, MRI, and/or CT. Who has to be accredited, the mobile company or us?
We are installing our first full field digital mammography unit. What should we know about getting ready for the physicist acceptance test?
- As in all mammography installations, everything has to pass before the physicist can provide a report to the ACR. Unlike the annual physicist survey, the testing performed after installation (called a Mammography Equipment Evaluation or MEE) does not allow for the 30 day margin in correcting deficiencies. All deficiencies must be corrected before the unit may be used clinically.
- Be sure all connectivity is enabled. The physicist must not only test the FFDM unit but also the radiologist viewing stations and the printer.
- If remote viewing stations are being installed, be sure arrangements can be made to have the physicist visit the various sites.
- Be sure the physicist has access to all pertinent QC manuals -- from the FFDM manufacturer, the soft copy workstation manufacturer and also from the printer manufacturer. Your physicist may request copies of these manuals in advance of the acceptance test in the event he is not familiar with the particular model.
Our radiologists will be reading mammograms on a soft copy workstation. Do we still need a printer, and what are the requirements for the printer?
Through our PACS system, we can print mammograms at multiple locations throughout our hospital system. What are the requirements for maintenance of QC records.
What are the requirements of the new Ohio Department of Health regulations relating to controlling patient radiation exposure?
"A physics survey must be performed on each Gamma Camera or PET unit at least annually." This includes the annual camera QC tests and the annual phantom scans for both routine nuclear medicine and/or PET. All test data must be sent to a qualified medical physicist for review and report preparation. Further, "the qualified practicing medical physicist should meet with the supervising physician and the QC technologist to review the results of the survey and the effectiveness of the technologist QC program, and to recommend any corrective action or repairs that are needed." NPC will be adding signature lines for the physician and the appropriate technologist in our reports to verify that all involved are aware of the test results. For you information" The supervising physician is responsible for assuring compliance with the recommendations of the medical physicist."
Also, the ACR requires semi-annual QC testing with the SPECT/PET phantom. "At this time, the ACR strongly recommends quarterly testing of each system with an appropriate phantom in addition to other tests recommended by the vendor. At a minimum, testing with the appropriate phantom must be performed semi-annually." This requires that the phantom is imaged and evaluated. The evaluation can be by the technologist.
NPC offers programs for either information review and report preparation or on site annual ACR testing. If you would like to change any of your current programs, contact your consultant.
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