Prostate MR Image Quality Improvement Collaborative

American College of Radiology Prostate MR Image Quality Improvement CollaborativeMRI is increasingly used in the diagnostic pathway of prostate cancer. However, inadequate image quality in up to 40% of biparametric exams results in diagnostic errors.

The Prostate MR Imaging Quality Improvement Collaborative seeks to improve clinically significant prostate cancer detection and localization.

Improvement collaborative participation supports site teams with creating a standardized system for improving the percentage of MR prostate exams that meet quality criteria according to Prostate Image Quality (PI-QUAL) criteria.

Problem Statement

Prostate MR image quality is inconsistent and unreliable, possibly leading to missed diagnosis of cancer and an inability to use the images in subsequent procedures, adversely impacting patient care.

How the Collaborative Works

Each collaborative site forms an interdisciplinary team of four to six members who participate in the ACR® ImPower Program with shared learning alongside a cohort of colleagues from four to six institutions, identifying ways to improve prostate MR image quality.

Suggested project team members:

  • Radiologist with a vested interest in prostate imaging.
  • MRI supervisor or manager.
  • MRI technologist.
  • MRI scheduler.
  • Referring physician representative.
  • Individual with previous experience in quality improvement.

How to participate

Leadership and Advisory Committee

Collaborative Leader


Advisory Committee

Andrei Purysko, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He is a faculty for the ACR Education Center Prostate MR course and a member of the ACR Prostate MRI Center Designation Workgroup.
  • Clare Tempany, MD, FACR
  • Jeff Weinreb, MD, FACR, FISMRM, FSABI
  • Hung-Jui (Ray) Tan, MD, MSHPM
  • Baris Turkbey, MD
  • Rachel Harris, RT(R)(MR)

    ACR Learning Network Participating Organizations


    Cohort 1 Sites

    • Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
    • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
    • AdventHealth, Orlando, FL
    • Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
    • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

    Cohort 2 Sites

    • Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA
    • Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
    • Duly Health and Care, Lisle, IL
    • University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY