Understanding ACR accreditations and Why They Matter

There are lots of ways to decide what imaging to go to, but ACR is one of the most important. If you haven’t, check if your imaging facility holds ACR accreditation? If not, it’s important that you do so. You might be wondering what ACR accreditation is, so we will explain it to you.


 First of all, ACR stands for the American College of Radiology. According to their website, The ACR has accredited more than 38,000 facilities in 10 imaging modalities. They offer accreditation programs in CT, MRI, breast MRI, nuclear medicine and PET as mandated under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act as well as for modalities mandated under the Mammography Quality Standards Act.


ACR is essentially the gold standard of care for radiology, which is why you want your center to be accredited. The ACR has many different components of accreditation including Breast MRI, Breast Ultrasound, CT, Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Radiation Oncology, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, and an Ultrasound. Note that the requirements differ for each program of accreditation.


An ACR certification means that all the employees have the education level needed and that they have all of the proper licensees. They also make sure the imaging facility is keeping patients safe by checking equipment and making sure it’s not outdated.


Attaining ACR accreditation is a long and rigorous process. For example, physicians seeking accreditation are responsible for completion of an accredited diagnostic radiology residency program and interpretation and reporting of 500 MRI examinations in the past 36 months. In addition, the ACR tests for quality control and preventive maintenance and more!


Overall you can see the stands are set high for imaging centers wanting an ACR accreditation. This is a great thing though for patients because facilities that have ACR accreditations are known as the best and provide the care you deserve. We’ve worked hard, so that’s why we are ACR accredited in seven different specialties. Schedule your appointment today and see why ACR accreditation makes such a difference. 

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