Benefits of Joining

Providers Seeking Initial Credential
  • Both online and land-based courses are available
  • Online courses are specifically targeted to sonographers or physicians
  • Web-based examinations specific to sonographers and physicians
  • Images may be uploaded online or mailed, and video is NOT required
  • The protocols for image review are evidence-based and have been validated
  • Two reviewers judge all borderline or failing image batches, and individual image scores, images, and critiques available online
  • Senior reviewers personally call participants who appeal image decisions
Providers Already Credentialed
  • Monitoring for quality is done by statistical review of measurements, with image submission required only if remediation is necessary
  • Statistical reports are provided 3-4 times per year, with data sorted by physician-sonographer pairs
  • Interactive website provides ongoing education for providers and patients, information about providers by location or name, practice guidelines, and administrator functionality
  • Email support is available by phone or email at
  • Recommendations are based on consensus of NTQR committee with representation from:
    American College of OB/GYN (ACOG)
    American College of Osteopathic OB/GYN (ACOOG)
    American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
    American College of Radiology (ACR)
    National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)
    Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS)
    Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM)
  • Representatives from NTQR have influence with healthcare organizations and third-party payers, and are working to ensure care provided by credentialed individuals is covered