All radiologists, ACR members and nonmembers are invited to submit abstracts for presentation at ACR 2017, the third annual meeting of the American College of Radiology (ACR), May 21–25, 2016, in Washington, DC.
Abstract presentation at ACR 2017 provides authors a unique opportunity to showcase their latest findings to the brightest in radiology, gain recognition from peers and top leaders, and receive valuable feedback to aid in future research.
ePoster Presentations: Accepted abstracts will be selected and grouped together by a common theme and presented in electronic ePoster sessions available through kiosks at the meeting and online after the meeting.
ALL NEW! Oral Presentations: Authors of select high-quality abstracts will be invited to give 8–10 minute presentations during corresponding continuing education sessions. Oral presentations allow authors to showcase their work to a larger target audience. The first author must select this opportunity during the abstract submission process.
Dates are tentative and subject to change.
*submissions must be complete by 5pm ET
Advocacy, Economics and Health Policy
Advocacy abstracts should pertain to federal and state matters that relate to imaging. These abstracts are NOT intended to target patient-related advocacy efforts regarding patient rights protection.
Economics and Health Policy abstracts should focus on radiology and radiation oncology service areas related to coverage of services; reporting/coding and reimbursement for new, revised and existing services; policy and payment issues related to third-party payers; tracking Medicaid-managed care organizations; and new payment models.
Clinical Education abstracts should introduce aspects of education theory that improve the way we educate trainees and colleagues. Abstracts focused on clinical radiology (i.e., more traditional abstracts seen at other national radiology meetings) will not be considered for this meeting.
Informatics and Innovations
Informatics and Innovations abstracts should pertain to one or more of the following areas: 1) electronic medical records (EMRs), 2) picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), 3) interoperability, 4) computer aided detection (CAD), 5) speech-recognition software, 6) enterprise imaging, 7) radiology business analytics and 8) social media.
Leadership abstracts may target any of the following areas: 1) strategic initiatives to help leaders transition to value-based care, 2) operational metrics and processes for optimizing organizational effectiveness, 3) economic drivers catalyzing changes in health care practice, 4) negotiation principles and applications, 5) leadership development, 6) developing a culture of quality and safety, and 7) medical-legal/ethical dilemmas.
Quality and Safety
Quality and Safety abstracts should pertain to one or more of the following areas: 1) patient safety (including radiation dose optimization), 2) MRI safety, 3) contrast media use, 4) diagnostic or breast imaging accreditation and centers of excellence programs, 5) implementation of evidence-based radiology guidelines, practice parameters, technical standards, appropriateness criteria, or appropriate use criteria, 6) quality management in radiology practice (including quality improvement tools and methods, such as use of data registries and structured reporting), and 7) building a quality infrastructure.
The first author must:
ACR will present up to 5 Gold Merit Awards to the highest scored abstract in each category. Abstract scores are based on quality of research and content, accuracy of research/content and interpretations, and relevance to the meeting.
The top scoring abstract in each of the 5 pathways will receive a $400 travel award. The recipient must complete a W-9 tax form and attend the meeting to claim the award in person. If the author does not attend the meeting, the award is forfeited.
All accepted abstracts will be considered for the Gold Merit Awards.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education activities for physicians.
The ACR Financial Disclosure Policy: In compliance with ACCME requirements and guidelines, the ACR has developed a policy for review and disclosure of financial interests, and a method of resolution if a conflict does exist. The ACR maintains a tradition of scientific integrity and objectivity in its educational activities. In order to preserve this integrity and objectivity, all individuals participating as planners, presenters, authors, moderators and evaluators in an ACR educational activity or an activity jointly sponsored by the ACR must appropriately disclose any financial relationship with a commercial organization that may have an interest in the content of the educational activity.
All first and co-authors will be required to complete a disclosure form and attest that the statements in the form are accurate and the abstract complies with privacy and data security standards of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Authors must attest that the abstract will adhere to all ACCME Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support.
ACR Resolution Mechanism: The ACCME requires all accredited providers of CME to have a mechanism in place for identifying and resolving potential financial conflicts of interest prior to the educational offering. The ACCME considers financial relationships to create actual conflicts of interest “when individuals have both a financial relationship with a commercial interest and the opportunity to affect the content of CME about the products or services of that commercial interest.” A commercial interest is defined as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.
ACR requires that the first author of an abstract does NOT have a financial interest in the scientific content of the abstract. If the first author has a conflict of interest related to the content, choose a co-author who does not have a relationship to the commercial interests related to the content to attend the meeting and answer attendee questions.
Abstracts submitted to the ACR Annual Meeting must be original and have no prior ownership or copyright restrictions. By submitting an abstract to the ACR Annual Meeting, the first author and co-authors:
Abstract author(s) agrees to bear full responsibility for any claims, damages or losses that may occur because of any acts or omissions made during his or her presentation. The ACR will have no liability for those acts or omissions. However, abstract author(s) will not have any such responsibility if the ACR is proven to be solely negligent.
All accepted abstracts submitted to the ACR Annual Meeting are embargoed until the first day of the meeting, unless otherwise noted by ACR. The first author is responsible for conveying this information to all co-authors. For questions regarding the embargo policy, please contact Jennifer Pendo, Senior Program Manager, ACR Annual Meeting.
The ACR requires that the content of all education presentations submitted to ACR meetings is in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations implementing this act. To comply with HIPAA regulations, patient confidentiality must be maintained in all education presentations, including ePoster sessions.
Patient confidentiality must be protected. Names, dates of scans, birth dates, ages, Zip codes, medical record numbers, and identities must not be included on slides, images, or posters that are submitted to ACR. A complete list of identifiers can be found under the "Safe Harbor method” on the Health and Human Services website.
Questions regarding the online submission process may be directed to the ACR Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-648-0684.