Society of Atherosclerosis Imaging and Prevention (SAIP)
SAIP was founded by a group of enthusiastic physicians and scientists interested in fostering the concept of atherosclerosis imaging. The founding group was constituted of Drs. Greg Brown, Matthew Budoff, James Erlich, Allan Guerci, David King, Paolo Raggi, George Rodgers, and John Rumberger and met for the first time in Austin, Texas, in August 1999.
The meeting discussion focused on: approaches to disseminate information regarding plaque imaging by various modalities, development of guidelines on use and interpretation of imaging data, fostering of research in the field of imaging based on sound scientific criteria, development of training programs for the acquisition of the necessary skills, presentation of research data to third party payers for their understanding of the importance of these techniques in the management of atherosclerosis and development of reimbursement codes.