Founded on September 15, 1948, the Colégio Brasileiro de Radiologia e Diagnóstico por Imagem (CBR; Brazilian College of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging) is the representative body of Brazilian radiologists. It is a nationwide non-profit professional corporation with educational, scientific, cultural, and social goals. The CBR currently has 8,000 members and regional affiliates in 24 states.
Over its 61 years, CBR has become a major medical association for the updating and evaluation of training methods for radiologists and specialists in diagnosis and treatment using imaging methods and/or ionizing radiation. The CBR also acts as a regulating and standardizing body for techniques in radiology and diagnostic imaging, as well as for the quality of imaging exams.
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Since 1955, the CBR has collaborated with the Associação Médica Brasileira (AMB; Brazilian Medical Association) to provide specialist degrees in radiology and diagnostic imaging, diagnostic imaging exclusively in general ultrasound, diagnostic imaging exclusively in interventional and vascular radiology, nuclear medicine, and radiotherapy. The CBR also grants certificates of performance in the following areas: ultrasound in gynecology and obstetrics, mammography, bone densitometry, vascular, and doppler ultrasound and neuroradiology.
In addition to ensuring the qualification and professional development of radiologists, the CBR strives to improve public health in Brazil throug hearly and accurate diagnostic imaging. It also sponsors retraining and courses on life in radiology, as well as conferences, seminars, and meetings to discuss various radiological methods. The CBR maintains two scientific and informative journals, the Boletim do CBR (CBR Newsletter) and Radiologia Brasileira (Brazilian Radiology), and edits a number of scientific publications, such as textbooks on physics, mammography, and endovascular procedures, and books such as BI-RADS, Critérios de Adequação do ACR (ACR Appropriateness Criteria), and Fundamentos de Radiologia e Diagnóstico por Imagem (Fundamentals of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging). In 2010, the CBR launched the Continuing Education Program (PEC) for Distance Learning (online classes) and On-site Learning (National Retraining).
The CBR's activities also include the regulation and responsibility for imaging examinations in Brazil governed by the Brazilian Sanitary Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) and the National Commission for Nuclear Energy (CNEN), and participation in training and oversight of residencies and specialist education in Radiology and Ultrasound in Brazil. It is also the institution responsible for interfacing with government agencies, including the Ministries of Health, Education, and Finance, and with radiology entities abroad.
If you wish to learn more about the CBR, please click below: www.cbr.org.br.