American College of Radiology (ACR)
Founded in 1924, less than 30 years after the discovery of x-rays by Wilhelm Roentgen, the American College of Radiology is the umbrella organization for radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. The ACR offers programs in all modalities now mandated for accreditation under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) (CT, MRI, breast MRI, nuclear medicine and PET) as well as under the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA). The ACR accredits hospital and outpatient facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of their practice. We are proud to serve ACR-accredited facilities. Our president, Ricardo Cury, is also proud to be the ACR course director of cardiac and peripheral vascular MR education.
American Board of Radiology (ABR)
Founded in 1932, the American Board of Radiology (ABR) is the specialty board of diagnostic radiology as part of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). In addition to the ABMS, the ABR maintains open working relationships with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the Residency Review Committees for Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Oncology. The Board continues active interaction with its sponsoring organizations, other medical specialty boards, specialty societies, medical societies, residency program directors, chairmen of hospital departments, diplomates of this board, and the entire radiologic community. RASF radiologists are board-certified by the ABR, and several RASF radiologists make an annual trip to Louisville, Kentucky, to serve as board examiners for the oral board examinations required of all radiologists upon finishing training. The honor of being invited to examine for the oral boards is reserved for only the brightest lights in the field of radiology, and we are proud to claim some of them as our own.
Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL)
The ICAVL was incorporated in 1990 in response to the need for standardization and improvement of the quality of vascular laboratories. ICAVL accreditation is defined by the intersocietal concept that all aspects of vascular medicine be represented in the accreditation process, from the creation of the Standards to the review of each application for accreditation. A nonprofit organization, the ICAVL is supported by the following organizations while operating independently of their activities. Our vascular diagnostic labs are certified by the ICAVL.