American College of Radiology (ACR)

The American College of Radiology represents diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists. The society represents more than 41,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists. ACR helps members, through advocacy, quality and safety, and innovation, and serves as the voice of radiology, demonstrating value and setting standards to advance the field and practice.

AMA chart showing Medicare update payments compared to the cost of practice inflation between 2001-2024. The ongoing AMA PPI survey will be used top recalculate radiology practice expenses, but only 10 practices so far has submitted data that will impact all radiology practices.

Only 10 radiology practices completed survey used to adjust Medicare payments

The ACR shared its concerns about the lack of participation as the deadline approaches. 

May 31, 2024
A medical professional trained to manage contrast reactions should be on-site at any imaging facilities doing contrast studies to maintain patient safety, according to a an updated statement from the American College of Radiology. The ACR has released the latest edition of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria, which includes 221 diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics with more than 1,050 clinical variants covering 2,900 clinical scenarios. #ACR #AUC #appropriateuse

ACR updates requirements for on-site staff overseeing contrast administration

A clinician trained to manage reactions should be on-site at any imaging facilities doing contrast studies to maintain patient safety.

March 1, 2024
American College of Radiology (ACR) booth at RSNA 2023. Photo by Dave Fornell. #RSNA #RSNA23 #RSNA2023 orthopedic imaging

ACR earns $100K grant to upgrade lung cancer registry

The college is one of seven groups to receive the grant aimed at improving best practices for lung cancer reporting.

February 6, 2024
Richard Heller, MD, RSNA Board member, associate chief medical officer for health policy and communications, and national director of pediatric radiology at Radiology Partners, explains some insurance companies are trying to take advantage of the No Surprises Billing Act by telling radiology practices they need to accept lower rates to remain part of the providers in-network.

Radiologists urged to report insurance companies forcing lower reimbursements due to No Surprises Act

Some payers are taking advantage of the NSA by forcing practices to accept lower rates to remain in-network, says Rad Partners' Richard Heller, MD. 

January 18, 2024
MRI safety zone warning sign at entrance into an MRI imaging room at Northwestern Central DuPage Hospital.

The American College of Radiology is seeking input on new MRI safety guidelines

The most recent updates contain “substantial new content and safety recommendations," the ACR reported recently. 

March 14, 2023
A mammography exam in progress with the patient on the breast imaging system and the technologist acquiring images. The image on the screen shows a suspect lesion.

4 key trends in breast imaging

These trends include growth in 3D mammography, supplemental imaging for women with dense breasts and in the role of artificial intelligence.

January 31, 2023

ACR to Biden cabinet members: Please help make independent dispute resolution fair and accessible for all stakeholders

The American College of Radiology has worked out a way to protect patients from surprise medical bills for out-of-network services while modifying third-party arbitration so it sensibly serves providers and payers alike.  

January 19, 2023
Mahadevappa Mahesh, PhD, professor of radiology and a medical physicist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, explains a new American College of Radiology (ACR) effort to ensure that lower radiation dose X-ray images under Image Wisely and As Low as Reasonable Achievable (ALARA) meet diagnostic reading standards. He spoke to Radiology Business at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2022 meeting.

VIDEO: Making sure lower dose X-ray is still diagnostic quality

Mahadevappa Mahesh, PhD, professor of radiology and a medical physicist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, explains a new ACR effort to ensure that lower radiation dose X-ray images under Image Wisely and As Low as Reasonable Achievable (ALARA) meet diagnostic reading standards.

December 21, 2022

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Although CT lung cancer screening is known to improve detection rates and health outcomes, compliance among eligible patients remains lackluster.

"This was an unneeded burden, which was solely adding to the administrative hassles of medicine," said American Society of Nuclear Cardiology President Larry Phillips.

SCAI and four other major healthcare organizations signed a joint letter in support of intravascular ultrasound. 

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