American College of Radiology

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The American College of Radiology (ACR), founded in 1923, is a professional medical society representing nearly 40,000 diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists.

The ACR has 54 chapters—one from all 50 states, DC, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Council of Affiliated Regional Radiation Oncology Societies (CARROS).[1]

Medical imaging accreditation[edit]

The College has accredited more than 39,000 medical imaging facilities[2] in 10 imaging modalities since 1987, including:

  1. Breast MRI
  2. Breast Ultrasound
  3. Computed Tomography
  4. Mammography
  5. Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  6. Nuclear Medicine
  7. Positron Emission Tomography
  8. Radiation Oncology Practice
  9. Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
  10. Ultrasound

Appropriateness Criteria[edit]

The ACR Appropriateness Criteria (ACR AC) are evidence-based guidelines that assist referring physicians and other providers in making the most appropriate imaging or treatment decision for a specific clinical condition. The ACR AC includes 178 diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics with 912 clinical variants and over 1,550 clinical scenarios.

ACR AC are available to all physicians via ACR Select, a module contained within CareSelect Imaging.

In creating the ACR AC, the ACR Task Force on Appropriateness Criteria incorporated attributes for developing acceptable medical practice guidelines used by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), as designed by the Institute of Medicine.

Data registries[edit]

The ACR National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR®) develops benchmarks and comparisons to help imaging facilities improve quality of patient care with its collection of registries related to a range of radiological procedures. NRDR aims to help facilities measure progress, document quality, enhance strengths and identify opportunities for improvement by providing objective measures regarding processes and outcomes in comparison to similar facilities nationwide. The registries include:

  • CT Colonography (CTC) Registry
  • Dose Index Registry (DIR)
  • Interventional Radiology (IR) Registry
  • General Radiology Improvement Database (GRID)
  • Lung Cancer Screening Registry (LCSR)
  • National Mammography Database (NMD)

NRDR has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for 2018 MIPS Reporting.

Specialized medical education[edit]

  • ACR Education Center – The ACR Education Center, located in Reston, VA, offers specialized mini-fellowships in more than a dozen clinical areas.[3]
  • American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) – The AIRP is a program of the American College of Radiology that conducts five courses for radiology residents and fellows, and seven categorical courses for practicing radiologists and other physicians each year in Silver Spring, MD.[4]
  • Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) – The RLI offers leadership and business management training specifically for radiologists.[5]

Publications[edit]

  • The Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR)[6] – The official journal of the American College of Radiology.
  • ACR Bulletin – The ACR Bulletin is a monthly publication covering topics relevant to the practice of radiology.

Collaborations[edit]

The ACR provides patient information through the website Radiologyinfo.org,[7] co-produced by the Radiological Society of North America, to help patients understand how various radiology procedures and radiation therapy are performed.

Imaging 3.0[edit]

ACR's Imaging 3.0 initiative is a roadmap to transition the practice of radiology from volume-based to value-based care. Four main focus areas of Imaging 3.0 include;[8]

  • Integrated service environment – Integrating radiologists in the patient care continuum is imperative to enhance and optimize the delivery of care.
  • New healthcare organizations – Participate in the design, maintenance, and management of these new health care organizations, such as PCMHs, ACOs, and those yet to be formed.
  • Patient-focused care – Ensure patients understand their options regarding medical imaging, offer radiology reports in terms, and provide basic education on imaging exams and preparation for them. imaging is used.
  • A network of tools and services – Expert advice from leading radiology, technology, and business consultants.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ACR Chapters". www.acr.org. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  2. ^ "Accredited Facility Search".
  3. ^ "ACR Education Center in Reston – the World's Best Practice Simulator | American College of Radiology". www.acr.org. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  4. ^ "AIRP".
  5. ^ "Radiology Leadership Institute". www.acr.org. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  6. ^ "Journal of the American College of Radiology Home Page". www.jacr.org. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  7. ^ "RadiologyInfo.org". www.radiologyinfo.org. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  8. ^ "Resources". www.acr.org.