On June 5, 1978, SCAI held its First Annual Meeting. It instituted a committee structure designed to develop new information which would be used to promote and guide future laboratory activities. Emphasis was placed on registration of all procedures performed by members, development of quality standards for laboratories, establishment of criteria for credentialing physicians and directors and presentation of guidelines for training in cardiac catheterization and angiography.
SCAI now has a membership of over 4,000 adult and congenital interventional cardiologists. There are currently 20 committees which are open to all members. Focus areas for SCAI include establishing standards and guidelines for all aspects of cardiac catheterization and angiography, training, credentialing, safety and quality assurance for cardiovascular procedures.
SCAI History Book by Harry L. Page, MD, FSCAI