The ACR Dose Index Registry (DIR) is one of eight registries that comprise the National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR). The DIR enables facilities to compare their dose indices data against regional and national values and to delve into details about scanner and device performance within and across facilities to ensure safe and high-quality exam performance for optimal patient care.
Published summary reports and real-time online reports let participants view aggregate performance data, pinpoint outlier exams, and identify performance patterns for further investigation. DIR performance reports facilitate implementation of quality improvement efforts and the database is used to explore a variety of topics for presentations and publications to advance the science and practice of radiology.
The DIR offers quality measures to help fulfill Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting requirements. Participation also meets Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV requirements of the American Board of Radiology (ABR) and the Joint Commission’s dose benchmark requirement .
- Accurate exam and procedure name mapping is critical for DIR participating facilities to gain insight into their radiation dose levels overall and to obtain accurate comparisons with national benchmarks to drive quality improvement. View the second of our 3-part webinar series, All About Mapping, to learn from national experts about mapping methods for CT and fluoroscopy and best practices and pitfalls to avoid. Watch now.
- American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Dose Index Registry diagnostic reference levels for common pediatric CT scans can help imaging facilities and providers optimize radiation dose used in children’s imaging. Read the article.