2016 Annual Report Top Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016 Top Accomplishments

Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network

The ACR Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCAN™) receives a $2.9 million, 4-year grant from the CMS Innovation Center Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, enrolling 6,595 radiologists and referring clinicians in the first year.

Advocacy and Economics

The College wins key successes throughadvocacyfor the future of radiology:

Quality and Safety


Membership Value

  • ACR Career Center, the premiere job listings board in the profession, posts over 400 live jobs, more than doubling its new job postings over the past year
  • A successful pilot study of four ACR communities leads to the development of a new ACR member benefit — Engage — providing resource tools and an open forum for networking, problem solving and surveying
  • To strengthen ACR chapters through leadership and executive educational training, ACR Chapter Services adds Knowledge and Nosh as well as the Town Hall Meeting to further its ongoing efforts, which include the Chapter Leaders Advancement SerieS (CLASS) and the Chapter Leaders Workshop
  • ACR flagship member website, acr.org, reaches 1.7 million annual visitors


The Crossroads of Radiology®

  • More than 2,000 attend the second ACR Annual Meeting for 5 days of advocacy, policy, economics and education 
  • The ACR Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) hosts 453 members-in-training with dedicated RFS programming 
  • 105 members are inducted as Fellows during the ACR 2016 Convocation Ceremony
  • Participants claim 123.75 CME/SA-CME Credits through the ACR 2016 Virtual Meeting at 77 sessions 
  • ACR collaborates with 10 societies to develop education content 
  • Over 120 abstracts are accepted in the fields of advocacy, economics and health policy, clinical education, informatics and innovations, leadership, and quality and safety

ACR Press

  • ACR members stay informed about key events at ACR 2016 with 4 issues of the ACR Bulletin Special ACR 2016 Update 
  • Julianna M. Czum, MD — the first Bruce J. Hillman Fellow in Scholarly Publishing — starts as curator of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) Blog
  • JACR sponsors a hackathon for physicians, IT specialists and patients designed to improve patient access to the medical peer-reviewed literature and content experts in health care

Innovation and Research: From Science to Practice and Policy

  • IT and Imaging Informatics
    • The Informatics Commission hosts a Clinical Data Science Industry Council meeting at ACR 2016 attended by more than 60 people to understand how the ACR and industry might work together to shape the future of this emerging market
    • Launches ACR Assist™— a clinical decision support framework designed to provide structured clinical guidance to the radiologist at the time of interpretation/reporting
    • Rolls out RCMS— a structured learning and assessment platform that facilitates assembling and storing case content, building curricula, and delivering DICOM-enabled learning activities and assessments
    • Collaborates with the University of Florida to useRCMSto develop a high-fidelity assessment that simulates a true radiology reporting environment
    • Launches the JACR®Imaging Informatics Resource Center, an online portal for radiologists to access critical information, expert guidance and insights on imaging informatics
    • Launches online, simulation-based educational programs for medical students and residents on the ACR RCMS Learning Platform
    • Releases ACRCommon™(Common Radiology Terminology for Communication) and ACRConnect®(Image Transfer Framework) expands the Imaging 3.0 Informatics toolkit
  • Center for Research & Innovation
    • Oversees the collection and quality assurance of 5,290 RT datasets and 4,934 imaging datasets associated with 172 trials conducted across the entire Imaging and Radiation Oncology Core®program
    • Develops and launches the Imaging Dementia―Evidence for Amyloid Scanning Study in response to the CMS decision to not cover amyloid PET imaging in dementia and neurodegenerative disease, providing access to amyloid PET scans for over 3,000 subjects at more than 200 PET imaging centers
    • Initiates an Academic Outreach program to provide researchers with access to resources offered by the imaging, radiation oncology and informatics cores
    • Expands TRIAD to include more than 1,400 users who submitted over 6,400 imaging exams, increasing the image archive to over 30TB of data
    • Establishes the NCI-funded Quantitative Imaging Network Resource Center and completes the initial transfer of curated image data sets to DART (the ACR data warehouse)
      • Participates in the publication of 113 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals