Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™

Phone 1-800-770-0145 x4542 | Email dicoe@acr.org

Our representatives are available:
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ET

Getting Started

Is your medical imaging getting the recognition it deserves? Your team can now receive well-deserved recognition for outstanding diagnostic imaging and patient care.

The ACR Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ achievement is a one-of-a-kind new program that takes your department or practice to the next level of imaging efficiency, safety and quality care.

Reach for the pinnacle of medical imaging care.

01 Benefits

Download DICOE brochure »

Video Testimonials  

Chair, ACR Quality & Safety Commission

Mount Desert Island Hospital
Hacksensack University Medical Center

02 Determine Eligibility & Program Guidelines

Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence Program Requirements » Revised 11/30/2015

A facility is eligible to receive the ACR Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence designation if it meets the following basic criteria:

Areas of Assessment

The Diagnostic Imaging Center of excellence (DICOE) program adheres to the following program guidelines:

A healthcare network or a practice may include combination of locations (hospital, outpatient or free standing imaging centers). The DICOE designation is applicable to all locations within your practice included at the time of your application. These locations must be a part of one practice, which share common governance, policy, procedure, and radiologists group.

03 Payment Policy and Fees

Effective immediately all applications will be assessed in accordance with the new DICOE payment policy.

DICOE Payment Policy Revised January 1, 2019

  1. DICOE defines a Practice as a single hospital/group practice. As long as these locations are within one state, one application is sufficient. A single DICOE application includes a maximum of five locations within the state. Please calculate and submit the total application fee along with a copy of your application.
  2. Multi-state Radiology practices must complete a separate application for each state.
  3. DICOE surveyors are required to survey at least one location.
  4. Applicants agree to an on-site survey by a team that includes a radiologist, a medical physicist and ACR Staff.
  5. Applicants agree to pay for the surveyor’s travel and expenses

DICOE Fee Table

A DICOE Designation period is for three years. Please complete a separate application and fees for each state within USA.

Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence (DICOE) PER STATE

Application Cycle

Number of Locations


Site Survey required (Y/N)

Add Locations mid cycle**

Initial/ Renewal

1 to 5



$300/location- up to 5 locations

6 to 10 sites

add $2000


$300/location- up to 10 locations

11 to 15 sites

add $1000


$300/location- up to 15 locations

16 or more sites

add $1000 per five sites


$300 /location less than 4 additional locations

Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence (DICOE) International


Initial/ Renewal

1 to 5



Will review the application on a case by case basis

** Mid cycle is defined as 1.5 years from the date of DICOE designation.

Example 1:

Practice #1 – Applied for 15 locations within one state.

First 1-5 locations


6-10 locations


11-15 locations


Total Fee


Example 2:

Practice #2 – Initial application included three locations. During mid- cycle, they add 2 locations.

First 3 locations


Add 2 locations


Total fee


Example 3:

Practice #3 – Original practice is in OH State and they need to add 3 locations in PA.

First application for OH


Add 3 locations for PA


Total fee


04 Apply

Please click on the button below to complete an electronic Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence (DICOE) application form. Application is considered ‘complete’ only when the facility, modality and payment sheets are accurately filled.

DICOE Application

Please follow the instructions for application and payment submission. If you have any questions please contact DICOE@acr.org or call 1-800-770-0145 extension 4542.