ACR expands appropriateness criteria

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The American College of Radiology (ACR) has released six new topics and updated 10 others in its appropriateness criteria.

The new topics include the following:

  • Imaging of mediastinal masses
  • Postmenopausal acute pelvic pain
  • Second and third trimester screening for fetal anomaly
  • Staging and follow-up of vulvar cancer
  • Syncope
  • Radiologic management of portal hypertension

The 10 revised topics include the following:

  • Asymptomatic patient at risk for coronary artery disease
  • Head trauma
  • Infective endocarditis
  • Intensive care unit patients
  • Myelopathy
  • Nonischemic myocardial disease with clinical manifestations (ischemic cardiomyopathy already excluded)
  • Nontraumatic aortic disease
  • Post-treatment surveillance of bladder cancer
  • Renal failure
  • Radiologic management of lower gastrointestinal tract bleeding

The ACR said that all topics include a narrative, evidence table, and literature search summary. What's more, patient-friendly summaries are also available for several topics, according to the society. The criteria can be accessed on the ACR's website.

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