Fiscal Year 2017 Top Accomplishments

Advocacy & Economics


  • Succeeds in educating and convincing CMS to forgo a 50% cut to mammography technical reimbursement
  • Convinces the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to abandon a proposal that would allow advanced practice nurses and certified nurse practitioners to interpret advanced medical imaging studies
  • Secures provision in the 21st Century Cures Act to identify and penalize anticompetitive information blocking by developers, hospitals and others ― a tactic that hinders use of EMR/EHR and negatively affects radiologists
  • Gains additional major insurer coverage for CT colonography (CTC)
  • Continues to work with patient groups, minority health care advocates and other medical societies to secure Medicare coverage for CTC

Quality & Safety


  • National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR®) launches the Interventional Radiology Registry — led by the ACR and the Society of Interventional Radiology — to promote high-quality interventional radiology patient care
  • Interactive, radiology-specific Quality Payment Program website helps members select relevant measures and achieve success in accordance with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)
  • NRDR supports 2016 PQRS participation for 1,794 radiologists
  • ACR Dose Index Registry® collects a total of about 43 million exams from nearly 2,000 facilities
  • Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCAN™) recruits 4,596 radiologists and 5,380 referring clinicians
  • ACR BI-RADS® Atlas now in 7 languages: English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Greek
  • Image Wisely®, adult radiation safety initiative, changes its pledge to an annual commitment to image wisely
  • Image Gently®, pediatric radiation safety initiative, launches the Think A-Head campaign with the American College of Emergency Physicians and American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the Have-A-Heart campaign with the American College of Cardiology, American Academy of Pediatrics and others

Imaging 3.0™


Patient- and Family-Centered Care (PFCC)

  •, the #1 radiology patient information website hosted by the ACR and RSNA, serves 1M+ visitors every month, providing comprehensive descriptions and videos of 230 procedures, exams and health conditions
  • Six patient advisors join the RSNA-ACR Public Information Website Committee to provide insights for strategic planning and content decisions
  • Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care establishes 6 committees that work together to coordinate activities with input from 138 members and 24 patients as well as patient advocates and affiliated health care professionals
  • New PFCC Resources and the PFCC Toolkit generate 63% return visits
  • Ongoing partnerships with the following organizations:
    • National Health Service in the United Kingdom
    • American Hospital Association
    • Council of Medical Specialty Societies
    • Society for Participatory Medicine
    • The Beryl Institute
    • Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care
    • Society of Breast Imaging

Imaging Informatics

  • Generates artificial Intelligence solutions for clinical workflow with ACR Assist™, working with vendors to integrate expert-based algorithms into clinical decision support
  • Expands RCMS structured learning and assessment platform, building curricula and delivering DICOM-enabled learning activities online, expands Radiology TEACHES ― a simulation-based educational program that integrates with ACR Select®. ACR Select is a digital representation of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® for diagnostic imaging, is a module contained within CareSelect Imaging.
  • ACR Data Science Institute
    • Develops plans to support members through videos, blogs, white papers and slide decks
    • Explores collaborations with the FDA, NIH, academic institutions and industry partners

ACR Center for Research and Innovation™

ACR Center for Research and Innovation

  • 2-year Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST) opens with plans to recruit 165,000 women, projected to be the largest curated dataset on this population in the world
  • TI-RADS™ registry studies the impact of detection and intervention on patient outcomes
  • Commences radiomic assessment of imaging data in 2 large imaging cohorts and adopts quantitative imaging tools in collaboration with the Quantitative Imaging Network
  • Two new prospective trials involving use of advanced radiotracers studies the ability to predict response to therapy
  • Neuroradiology Research Program completes accrual for first aim of the IDEAS Study and provides patient access to over 12,000 PET scans under coverage with evidence development
  • Two new studies with NRG Oncology assess the impact of innovative uses of proton beam RT on patient outcomes
  • NEJM publishes a practice-changing study with NRG Oncology, demonstrating the value of adding anti-androgen therapy to radiation, resulting in improved overall survival for men with recurrent or persistent prostate cancer

Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute®

  • Continues to provide the foundation for improving patient care and bolstering efficient, effective use of health care resources
  • Publishes 33 papers to appear in top scientific journals
  • Releases new video highlighting the Neiman Institute as a thought leader in evidence-based imaging policy
  • Launches the Breast Screening Bundle Tool for radiology practices to estimate prices for breast cancer screening bundles

Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI)


  • Celebrates its 5th year with 13.5% participation growth, exceeding 4,000 registrants
  • Awards 272 leadership certificates across all levels
  • 11 RLI graduates achieve Level 4 Leadership Mastery
  • 260+ residents from 19 residency programs participate in the 2016–2017 RLI Health Care Economics Milestones Program
  • Presents lectures at 13 ACR state chapter meetings
  • Awards 28 residents and physicians with RLI scholarships to attend the RLI Summit and ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Meeting

ACR Education Center


  • 79 radiologists attend Education Center courses in Australia — two in HRCT and one emergency radiology — in partnership with RANZCR
    • Promoted as the most intensive, rewarding training for radiologists outside of North America
  • Holds first-ever Body and Pelvic MRI course at the University of Arizona in Tucson with 23 attendees

American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP®)

  • Delivers five, 4-week Radiologic Pathology Correlation Courses to 1,472 registered attendees and 302 foreign residents
  • Conducts global outreach in 10 countries with 14 international courses
  • Publishes 12 new Rad-Path Dx cases

Continuous Professional Improvement (CPI)


  • Publishes 4 new self-assessment modules relating to core American Board of Radiology (ABR) categories — musculoskeletal, pediatric, breast and chest — in print, online and e-book formats


  • New RADAR 2 with all-new self-assessments, two new panels in medical physics and non-interpretive skills, more images, and content that aligns with ABR exam blueprints
  • 2 new Image Wisely® safety cases  including one developed by ACR Valerie P. Jackson Fellow — Nina Meyersohn, MD
  • Completes the 5-year CDC/NIOSH contract including development of a new digital self-study syllabus and new B-Reader Certification Exam, based entirely on digitally acquired chest images
  • Selected by the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer to design and develop an online educational course required for accreditation as a Rectal Cancer Program

Membership Value

ACR Engage member community

  • Launches Engage ― an online member community ― to foster member engagement, leading to 13 all-member open communities and 30 closed communities with over 1,000 new discussions and 32,000 daily digests
  • Offers speed mentoring and dedicated programming to the Young and Early Career Professional Section during ACR Annual Meeting
  • 17 ACR chapters receive Chapter Recognition Awards for excellence in Government Relations, Meetings/Education, Membership, and Quality and Safety
  • 1.7 million visitors engage with the ACR member website,
  • ACR member participation in the College's social media platform grows 35%
  • Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR®)
    • For the fourth year in a row, achieves an increased impact factor and celebrates a healthy pool of content submissions
    • Initiates new, bimonthly features on diversity, education, creativity and radiology patient-facing activities
    • JACR blog averages 4,000 monthly page views
    • JACR podcast, Radiology Firing Line, achieves nearly 1,500 downloads
    • Launches publication of all ACR Appropriateness Criteria® in collaboration with patient advocate associate editors and the Appropriateness Criteria Committee ― an invaluable resource for patient education
  • ACR Bulletin
    • Releases special issues on informatics, breast cancer, machine learning, and the ACR Annual Meeting
    • Offers bonus content online and increases readership to more than 32,500

ACR Foundation

  • Shifted the ACR Foundation focus to health policy research to provide data that can clarify the role and value of radiology in evolving practice models and patient care
  • Received a challenge grant for $100,000 for health policy research and successfully met the match, prompting an additional annual $100,000 match from the ACR for each of the next three years
  • Collected more than 158 pledges for the RLI Fund from ACR leaders, individual members as well as chapters and corporations to promote leadership training, technology development and scholarships

ACR Governance

  • ACR Council approves renaming the Young & Early Career Physician Section to the Young and Early Career Professional Section
  • More than 1,850 dedicated ACR members volunteer on over 200 College commissions and committees
  • The ACR Council considers 45 resolutions during the 2017 Council meeting including 5 policy resolutions, 2 bylaws amendments and 35 Practice Parameters and Technical Standards