Performance Measures

Performance measures are a key component in health care quality. They serve as a mechanism to evaluate quality and cost-of-care performance. They drive improvement, allow patients to make informed decisions, and are used to influence provider payment. Measures can also provide an objective assessment of how well and how appropriately health care is delivered compared to recognized standards. 

The ACR has convened a cross-specialty, multi-disciplinary technical expert panel (TEP) to identify and define new measures for quality improvement and potentially for use in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) quality reporting programs and ACR’s National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR), a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR).

  • January 22, 2018: The American College of Radiology (ACR) is seeking public comments on its Diagnostic Imaging 2018 quality measure set.
  • The 30-day comment period begins on Friday, January 26 and will close at 5:00 p.m. Central on Monday, February 26.
  • All comments are welcome and will be compiled and shared with the TEP for consideration.

Diagnostic Imaging 2018 Quality Measures

Diagnostic Imaging 2017 Quality Measures

Detailed Measure List

  • Measure 1: Recommended Follow-up for Imaging Findings
  • Measure 2: Appropriateness: Follow-up Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging for Incidentally-Detected Pulmonary Nodules According to Recommended Guidelines
  • Measure 3: Appropriate Follow-up Imaging for Benign Adrenal Masses
  • Measure 4: Appropriate Follow-up Imaging for Simple Ovarian Cysts in Postmenopausal Women
  • Measure 5: Interpretation of CT Pulmonary Angiography (CTPA) for Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
  • Measure 6: Incidental Coronary Artery Calcification Reported on Chest CT
The ACR is looking for radiology practices to help us test and validate this set of quality reporting measures. To volunteer, please email Karen Orozco at

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