SBI STATEMENT ON TRAINING OF NON-RADIOLOGISTS IN PERFORMANCE AND INTERPRETATION OF IMAGING AND IMAGE-GUIDED BIOPSY

The Society of Breast Imaging embraces the concept of the multidisciplinary approach for women with breast disease.  The Society recognizes that those involved in the care of patients with breast disease should understand the procedures performed by breast imagers, including the advantages and disadvantages of these studies. Such knowledge fosters communication and serves to improve collaborative care. Therefore, SBI supports the observation of imaging examinations and image-guided interventional procedures as part of the training of physicians whose patients may undergo these studies. 

The SBI also endorses the qualifications for personnel who perform and interpret these examinations as outlined under the Mammography Quality Standards Act and the American College of Radiology’s accreditation programs for breast ultrasound and imaging guided breast biopsies. SBI believes that the delivery of imaging services for breast disease is best performed by those with this level of training and experience and also feels that it is unrealistic and disadvantageous to the delivery of optimum patient care to expect that competence in these studies and procedures can be attained by anything less than rigorous formal training that allows for achievement of these qualifications.