The Academy is an advocacy organization committed to advancing research in medical imaging to promote the health and well-being of patients. By engaging a community of developing and experienced imaging scientists, novel technology experts, patients and their advocates, we promote shared learning and communication on both current research and future initiatives. We also inform the public and policy makers about how imaging and image-guided therapies translate into disease prevention, earlier and more accurate diagnoses, and improved quality of health care.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Academy
Who are the Academy’s members?
- The Academy is comprised of 28 of the major imaging societies and the 50 leading academic radiology research departments. The Academy also leads the Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR) which has membership from industry as well as patient advocacy groups that works to promote medical imaging research and tell the story from the patient perspective. The Academy brings together all voices on behalf of medical imaging research advocacy.
When was the Academy founded?
- It was founded in 1995 to promote the establishment of an institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) dedicated to medical imaging research. This ultimately led to the formation of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the NIH in 2000.
Who is the Academy’s president?
- The current president for 2019 – 2021 is Dr. Mitch Schnall, Chair of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania.
What is ARRAC?
- The Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research Academic Council (ARRAC) is composed of top academic radiology departments in the U.S. The Academic Council builds awareness of improvements in patient care made possible by the cutting edge imaging research being performed at the nation’s premier institutions. It has two divisions; the Council of Distinguished Investigators (DI) and the Council of Early Investigators in Imaging (CECI²).
Are you a political action committee (PAC)?
- No, we do not donate to Congress, political campaigns, or any government officials.
Do you raise money directly for the NIH?
- No, we advocate for a sustainable medical imaging research budget for the NIH and other relevant federal agencies. We do not directly fundraise on behalf of them or their research.
Are you funded by the Federal Government?
- No, we receive dues from our members. We are not a federal subsidiary nor are we funded by any federal dollars.
What is your relationship to the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)?
- We are a separate organization, but both are members of the Academy.
Where are you located?
- The Academy is at 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 601, Washington, DC 20036.