The More You Know
Expand your mind with the College's breast imaging resources.
Your College representatives are thinking about tools and information for breast imagers year-round, not just in October. Plus, with the new ACR website, you'll find valuable breast imaging resources in one place: http://bit.ly/BreastImagingResources.
The collection of data covers topics from accreditation to ACR Appropriateness Criteria® and even research studies. For example, did you know that ACRIN® researchers are currently investigating diffusion-weighted MRI for the evaluation of patients' response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy for locally advanced breast cancer? (See "Measure for Measure" on page 25 of this issue.) You can even download the study protocol from the ACRIN website. Currently, ACRIN has two other breast cancer research protocols that are open and more in the developmental pipeline.
Additionally, in June 2012, the Appropriateness Criteria team updated topics in diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology, and radiation oncology. Check out the newest addition in the breast imaging category that provides guidance on the most appropriate modalities and procedures for breast cancer screening.
ACR accreditation requires practice members to take a good look at their group's processes and procedures. Does your practice have a high-quality and accredited breast imaging program? You could become the College's next ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, a designation provided to those groups that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR's voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program. Visit the complete resources page to find information on forms and other requirements to become a center of excellence.
Moreover, if you're looking for educational activities, such as Mammography Case Review or even ACR Education Center courses, information is accessible at the click of a button. Visit http://bit.ly/BreastImagingResources to learn about these and other exciting resources available for breast imagers.