ACR updates appropriateness criteria

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has released an updated version of its appropriateness criteria, which feature seven new and 19 updated diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology topics.

The new diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology topics are as follows:

  • Back Pain - Child
  • Chronic Extremity Joint Pain, Suspected Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Imaging of Possible Tuberculosis
  • Adjuvant Management of Early-Stage Endometrial Cancer
  • Evaluation of Nipple Discharge
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Chylothorax Treatment Planning

The updated diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology topics are as follows:

  • Chronic Chest Pain - High Probability of Coronary Artery Disease
  • Dyspnea - Suspected Cardiac Origin
  • Chronic Hip Pain
  • Hematospermia
  • Known or Suspected Congenital Heart Disease in the Adult
  • Nonvariceal Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Palpable Breast Masses
  • Plexopathy
  • Prostate Cancer - Pretreatment Detection, Surveillance, and Staging
  • Pulsatile Abdominal Mass - Suspected Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Renal Transplant Dysfunction
  • Stress (Fatigue/Insufficiency) Fracture, Including Sacrum, Excluding Other Vertebrae
  • Suspected Liver Metastases
  • Suspected Physical Abuse - Child
  • Suspected Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Urinary Tract Infection - Child
  • Vascular Claudication - Assessment for Revascularization
  • Permanent Source Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer
  • Recurrent Hodgkin Lymphoma

The latest version now covers 227 topics with more than 1,100 clinical indications, according to the ACR.

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