CBR: since 1948 working for Brazilian Radiology

The Brazilian College of Radiology and Image Diagnosis (CBR) is a national entity, affiliated to the Brazilian Medical Association (AMB), which represents doctors in the specialty of Radiology and Imaging. Among the entity's main objectives are to disseminate scientific knowledge, defend the specialty, encourage professional improvement and support the principles of excellence in diagnostic and therapeutic imaging methods and procedures.

Founded in 1948, today the CBR has 27 affiliated regional societies, distributed in all regions of the country, and has around 10,000 associated radiologists.

The CBR was founded on September 15, 1948, on the occasion of the 1st Brazilian Radiology Conference, held at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo (FMUSP), by professors Rafael de Barros, José Maria Cabello Campos, Carlos Osório Lopes , Adelaido Ribeiro, João Baptista Pulchério Filho and Walter Bomfim Pontes. The event brought together radiologists from all over the country and was created to promote, represent, coordinate activities, integrate, regulate and professionalize specialists in Radiology.

In 1949, CBR gained its first headquarters, located on Rua Sete de Abril, in the central region of the city of São Paulo. At the time, radiologist José Maria Cabello Campos, responsible for the first management of the entity, assumed the presidency of the CBR, and, on the same occasion, Rafael de Barros was appointed as the College's First Honorary Member.

In 1950, the CBR was made official, being registered as a company with legal personality, in the Registry of Deeds and Documents of the 3rd Office of São Paulo. In 1951, the CBR moved to Rua Marconi, 94, in the center of São Paulo and was declared a state public utility entity by Decree nº 1.268/1951. In 1953, the College already had 150 associates, a number that, year after year, grew and offered the entity an important representativeness in the medical field.

In the pursuit of quality in the provision of services, since 1992 the CBR has developed qualification programs in Mammography, Ultrasound, Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance. Each one is made up of a National Quality Commission which, after a series of evaluations and inspections, grants the Quality Seal in the specific area and the CBR Qualification Certificate.

Throughout its history, the CBR has dedicated itself to the struggles of the medical profession and the professional development of its associate members. The entity's trajectory was and continues to be built through the work of radiologists from all over the country, who have dedicated themselves to the institution, whether forming part of the boards of each administration, or spontaneously collaborating in scientific activities and professional defense.

CBR has always been behind the development of the specialty, which has ceased to be a part of the health care process and has become one of its most important areas. Today Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging is fundamental in the diagnostic and healing processes developed by other medical specialties and the College is proud to be part of this success story.