Fiscal Year 2021 Top Accomplishments

Advocacy and Economics


  • Played an integral role in gaining significant concessions that vastly improved physician standing in the No Surprises Act passed by Congress at the end of 2020.
  • Provided input to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Labor on the implementation of the No Surprises Act to protect patients from surprise medical bills while also maintaining adequate reimbursement for providers.
  • Worked with CMS and private payers to ensure that lung cancer screening coverage policies are revised in accordance with updated U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations.
  • Continued to monitor and provide input on the implementation of provisions for the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 that require providers who order advanced diagnostic imaging exams to consult appropriate use criteria through a qualified clinical decision support mechanism. 

Clinical Research

ACR Center for Research and Innovation™ (CRI)

  • Launched the ACR National Clinical Imaging Research Registry, bringing together the unique qualifications and clinical research skills of the ACR Center for Research and Innovation™ and the world-class informatics of the ACR Data Science Institute® to answer clinical research questions and advance AI with an innovative approach that leverages real-world data.
  • Awarded two research project grants through the ACR Fund for Collaborative Research in Imaging: 1) A liver imaging research registry and 2) A multicenter, randomized, prospective study to test the efficacy of a patient-centered educational intervention on coronary artery calcification and cardiovascular risk factor modification with a cohort of patients enrolled in lung cancer screening programs across the country.
  • Activated 17 new clinical trials focused on advanced imaging and therapeutic agents through a collaboration with National Cancer Institute groups, ECOG-ACRIN and NRG Oncology. For these studies, ACR staff support the protocol development, operations, data management, statistics, and the diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy core laboratory.
  • Developed five manuscripts on ACRIN® and ECOG-ACRIN research studies as well as 23 manuscripts on NRG Oncology research, which appeared in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Activated the New IDEAS Study (Imaging Dementia—Evidence for Amyloid Scanning) at over 50 sites to determine whether using amyloid PET imaging helps clinicians with diagnoses and treatment decisions, recruiting Black and Hispanic patients for 50% of the trial’s sample size.
  • The DECAMP 1-Plus (Lung Cancer Screening) and New IDEAS (Dementia) research trials focused on biomarker-driven research through collection and banking of blood, buccal or other specimens to develop tools that predict, diagnose or expand biomarkers.
  • Established an Interventional Radiology Research Committee with full support and enthusiasm from the Society of Interventional Radiology and the Society of Interventional Oncology.
  • Representing the ACR and ACR research, Etta Pisano, MD, FACR, provided input on national and international issues affecting the healthcare and medical community:
    • Participated in the U.S. President’s Cancer Panel stakeholder meeting for the series: Improving Resilience and Equity in Cancer Screening: Lessons from COVID-19 and Beyond.
    • Focused on interoperability and artificial intelligence regulation at a G7 Health Track Working Group on Digital Health to support the health innovations of international collaborators.
    • Presented a virtual briefing to members of Congress regarding the Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center and the acceleration of innovation for COVID-19 response and beyond.
  • Elected Quynh-Thu Le, MD, FACR, as Chair of the RTOG Foundation and appointed her Group Chair of NRG Oncology, succeeding Walter J. Curran Jr., MD, who resigned in January 2021.

Member Communication

  • Kept members and subscribers up to date on key issues and initiatives by email and through a series of e-newsletters, including the ACR Member Update, ACR Advocacy News, ACR CME Update, ACR Quality and Safety e-news, and more.
  • Total views for the Voice of Radiology blog (now on increased 24% year-over-year.
  • A patient-facing website for the New IDEAS Study was launched in both English and Spanish.

Social Media

  • A digital and social media campaign engaged more than 20,000 referring providers in support of lung cancer screening with low-dose CT during Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR®)

  • Improved reviewer metrics due to the Reviewer Revitalization Initiative, launched in 2019:
    • Increased acceptance rates to 70.6% (12% increase).
    • Decreased the average time of acceptance by two days (20% decrease).
    • Increased the invitation response rate to 90% (50% increase).

ACR Bulletin

  • Received a regional and national Gold Award in the Special Section category for the September 2020 ACR Bulletin Health Equity Special Issue from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), which celebrates the highest quality reporting, editing and design in business-to-business, trade, association and professional publications.
  • Received a regional Bronze Award in the Front Cover/Special Issue or Supplement category from the ASBPE for the front cover of the November 2020 ACR Bulletin Special Issue on the House of Radiology.
  • Received an APEX Award of Excellence in the Electronic Media/Podcasts category for the second season of the ACR Bulletin Podcast on Mythbusting Lung Screening, featuring a conversation with key members of the lung cancer screening team: the referring clinician, the pulmonologist and the radiologist.

Imaging 3.0 and Changemakers

  • Expanded Imaging 3.0 content to keep ACR members inspired and informed with in-depth, actionable case studies that are unavailable anywhere else in the industry, including a COVID-19 Response series — highlighting how radiologists are contributing to the national COVID-19 pandemic response and outlining actionable steps for others to follow — some of which have drawn thousands of views.
  • Launched the Changemakers series of inspirational profiles of members who embody Imaging 3.0 principles.
  • Hosted Instagram Live events, garnering thousands of lifetime views and helping to increase engagement on the ACR Instagram account by 22%.
  • Created visual abstracts to provide ACR members with an easy way to engage with case study content.
  • Received several writing awards from Association Media & Publishing and the American Society of Business Publication Editors, including a national Gold Award for Imaging 3.0 content.

Information, Technology and Informatics

  • The ACR Data Science Institute (DSI) received a multimillion-dollar grant funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to collaborate with the ACR Center for Research and Innovation as well as the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine to create the Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center for the development of artificial intelligence and the advancement of medicine in the battle against COVID-19.
  • DSI developed the Pandemic AI Response (PAIR) Community to leverage ACR and other resources in the battle against COVID-19 and as a framework for future infectious disease outbreaks.
  • Launched a publicly available archive of COVID-19 teaching cases to support the PAIR initiative.
  • Held a variety of meetings to facilitate community dialogue:
  • Completed a multisite ACR AI-LAB™ project that validates an algorithm predicting breast density classification and correlates an AI-based, chest X-ray severity score with the COVID-19 severity at AI-LAB pilot sites.
  • Hosted 160 members, regulators and industry participants at the ACR Imaging Informatics Summit, offering ACR AI-LAB demonstrations for radiologists to explore AI implementation in healthcare.
  • In response to the pandemic, converted several ACR programs to a completely virtual format, including ACR Education Center courses that offer a full-fidelity, DICOM-based learning experience.
  • Launched the Standardized Tool for the Assessment of Radiology Students — a virtual educational program for medical students — in collaboration with the Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology.
  • Hosted the virtual 2021 Data Science Summit with more than 140 registrants.
  • Established an annual informatics fellowship, providing a radiology resident or early career professional with hands-on experience in the field of informatics.

ACR Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP®)

  • Renewed the AIRP IT infrastructure through the Canvas Learning Management System, enabling conversion to virtual formats for the Four Week Radiologic Pathology Correlation Course and ACR AIRP Rad-Path Categorical Courses.
  • Started modifying AIRP case database systems, based on resident and program input, with a complete system replacement planned for fiscal year 2022.
  • Hosted four Four Week Radiologic Pathology Correlation Courses with 927 registered attendees and 163 non-U.S. residents.
  • Presented seven ACR AIRP Rad-Path Categorical Courses with 157 registered U.S. attendees and 42 non-U.S. attendees.
  • Maintained a radiology-pathology archive with over 14,000 cases.
  • Dissolved the AIRP Board of Directors, transitioning the AIRP to fall under the ACR Board of Chancellors.
  • Expanded the AIRP Advisory Committee to include three residents and shifted AIRP faculty to nonvoting members.

Ed Center

Piloted online offerings at the ACR Education Center for the first time, presenting 40 micro-courses for 910 participants on eight topics:

  • MSK
  • Neuroradiology
  • Abdominal Imaging
  • HRCT
  • Emergency Radiology
  • Prostate MR
  • Cardiac MR
  • Pediatrics

Lifelong Learning

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®)

Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI)


  • 842 unique registrants participated in the 2020–2021 RLI Power Hour Webinar Series.
  • 1,517 unique registrants participated in RLI programs, training, meetings and courses throughout the fiscal year.

ACR Foundation

ACR Foundation

Member Engagement

ACR Engage member community

  • Presented 72 e-abstracts at the virtual ACR 2021 Annual Meeting.
  • Awarded four chapter grants to support innovative initiatives at the chapter level.
  • The ACR online community, Engage, celebrated its 4th anniversary.
  • 21 chapters received ACR Chapter Recognition Awards for excellence in government relations, meetings/education, membership, and quality and safety.
  • Published an e-book, titled Medical Student Guide to the Radiology Profession.
  • Developed an RFS campaign to provide resources and tools to residents by program year to foster better engagement across each level of residency.
  • Created the Radiation Oncology Member Hub to streamline access to resources for this segment of membership.

Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute®

Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute Seal

  • Joined the Imaging Clinical Effectiveness and Outcomes Research program as a research partner with the team at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research/Northwell Health that won a National Institutes of Health grant for stroke outcomes research.
  • Richard Duszak Jr., MD, FACR, Neiman Institute Affiliate Senior Research Fellow, was awarded the Emory University Faculty and Staff Award for outstanding researcher.
  • Neiman Institute Executive Director, Elizabeth Rula, PhD, presented “COVID-19 Impact on Imaging & Radiology Workforce Trends” at the RSNA 2020.
  • Acquired 2020 data to extend our national private payer dataset.
  • Updated the multiple fee-for-service Medicare Part B claims datasets (Medicare Research Identifiable Files 5% and Physician/Supplier Procedure Summary) through 2019.
  • Evaluated and published details about the impact of COVID-19 on radiology in a variety of care-delivery settings in five studies and a new infographic.
  • Expanded distribution of the HPI Executive Update and Neiman News with improved engagement over three quarterly newsletters: Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer.
  • The Neiman Institute and ACR Center for Research and Innovation initiated the bimonthly column, Research Rounds, in the ACR Bulletin:
  • Executive Director, Elizabeth Rula, PhD, discussed the value of radiology research in Research That Drives Impact, ACR Bulletin, November 2020.
  • The AIRP-HPI Comparative Effectiveness Research Course successfully transitioned to a virtual course, maintaining prior levels of participation.
    • Executive Director, Elizabeth Rula, PhD, presented Health Policy Research: Current Topics, Resources & Data at the live seminar on March 30, 2021.

ACR Membership

  • As of July 30, 2021, 90.6% of billed members paid their 2021 membership dues, compared to 84.1% in 2020, representing a 6.5% increase.
  • 165 more new members (1,678) joined the ACR in 2021 compared to 2020.
  • 1,645 more members (9,539) renewed their 2021 membership dues online compared to 2020 (7,894).
  • Received the prestigious ASAE Gold Circle Award for the 2020 Membership Retention Campaign.

Fellow of the American College of Radiology (FACR)

  • Received 180 FACR applications from 40 chapters and the military (a record number and 20% increase over 2020).

Patient- and Family-Centered Care

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Breast MRI
2,012 2,249  1,982  2,218 
Breast Ultrasound
2,478   2,425   
7,334  10,484  7,251  10,386 
7,251 9,538  7,161  9,438 
8,497 22,689  8,333  22,345 
Nuclear Medicine
3,355 5,488  3,333  5,454 
1,641 1,798  1,625  1,782 
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
1,614 1,828  1,599  1,813 
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy – ACS
Ultrasound 5,437 5,583  5,321  5,459