ACR, SBI pass on NAPBC

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) have withdrawn from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

The Reston, VA-based organizations say the decision is due to the inability to reach an agreement with the NAPBC over the "incorporation of the ACR's long-established standards, practice guidelines, and accreditation programs related to breast imaging and image-guided interventions, despite the fact that these programs do not exclude participation by practitioners of specialties other than radiology."

The ACR is planning to introduce a voluntary Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence (BICOE) initiative in which facilities that meet certain criteria will receive the designation. The ACR intends to have more details in the fall.

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers
July 17, 2007

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