What is the DACBR?
Chiropractic diagnostic imaging is a referral specialty, which provides consultative services at the request of other physicians. Chiropractic radiologists provide consultation in health care facilities (private offices, hospitals, and teaching institutions) to meet the needs of referring physicians and their patients. The quality of the consultative services by the chiropractic radiologist in independent practice is reflected by the quality of their professional credentials. Members of the American Chiropractic College of Radiology are certified as diplomates by the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR).
Radiologists supervise and interpret routine radiology as well as complex imaging procedures. They advise referring physicians on the necessity and appropriateness of radiology services as well as assisting in the clinical decision regarding the maximum benefits and yield to the patient.
A chiropractic radiologist makes available modern imaging to the public and to the referring physicians. In some instances, there is a need for the radiologist to act as a private practitioner. They pursue research and diagnostic applications and may be called upon to act as expert witnesses in matters of litigation.
The advance of the medical and the technological facets of Diagnostic Imaging is so rapid that only a qualified radiologist can reasonably be expected to maintain the high level of proficiency required to supervise and to interpret these procedures. The practice of radiology continuously involves the application of this technology to patient imaging and treatment. As long as these modalities continue to evolve, it is not practical to prepare a static definition of the practice of radiology which cites every modality by name. However, it is now well recognized that radiology does include, but is not limited to, plain films, fluoroscopy, tomography, ultrasound, all nuclear medicine imaging including nuclear cardiology, computed tomography, digital radiography, magnetic resonance and interventional radiology. Individual practices may vary by intent, licensure and scope of practice laws.