The American College or Radiology (ACR), Reston, Va, is launching a new accreditation program specifically for Breast MRI. The Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging Accreditation Program (BMRAP) is designed to help improve the quality of Breast MRI exams through evaluating equipment and protocols.

Similar to the ACR’s other accreditation programs, BMRAP will use a peer-review assessment of facility processes, equipment, and the quality of images. Facilities will be required to submit clinical images and corresponding data for each magnet performing breast MRI examinations at their site.

For facilities that solely offer breast imaging services, BMRAP also fulfills any applicable accreditation requirements under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008. 

Constance Lehman, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the ACR Committee on Breast MRI Accreditation, commented in the press release, “This program will help patients and their providers identify practices that provide high quality breast MRI.”

ACR’s Chief Executive Officer, Harvey L. Neiman, said in the announcement, “More than 200 facilities have already expressed interest in participating in the ACR Breast MRI Accreditation Program, and soon after May 10, [they] will receive instructions on how to get started.”

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