American College of Radiology

Dr Daniel J Bell et al.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) was founded in 1923 by Albert Soiland, an American radiologist 2. Its contemporary core purpose, according to its website, is "To serve patients and society by empowering members to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care" 1.

In 1923, a bill was passed by politicians in California allowing lay individuals to set-up and run x-ray centres. This development greatly alarmed Albert Soiland (1873-1946), a pioneering radiologist working in Los Angeles. He felt that the time had come for radiology to be recognised as a bona fide medical specialty in the United States. Thus on the morning of June 26th 1923, he advanced a resolution at the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) for radiology to be officially endorsed as a specialty and for a Section on Radiology to be established. The AMA duly promulgated radiology as a specialty, although it took until 1924 for the Section to be set-up 2.

On the evening of the same day, Soiland had dinner with twenty leading radiology colleagues. He proposed that a College of Radiology be founded, something with which his radiology dinner companions concurred. The American College of Radiology was incorporated in 1924.

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The College is organised into 54 chapters (50 states, Washington DC, Canada, and the Council of Affiliated Regional Radiation Oncology Societies (CARROS)).

  • ACR bulletin
  • JACR (Journal of American College of Radiology)
    • first published January 2004 4

Currently over 38,000, including radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists 1.

 

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  • American College of Radiology (ACR)
  • ACR (radiology organisation)

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