ACR updates appropriateness criteria with five new topics

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The American College of Radiology (ACR) has updated its ACR Appropriateness Criteria with five new topics and 15 revised topics.

The new topics in the latest release cover the following:

  • Ataxia-child
  • Fibroids
  • Hernia
  • Imaging after breast surgery
  • Staging and follow-up of esophageal cancer

Revised topics are as follows:

  • Acute pyelonephritis
  • Chronic elbow pain
  • Cranial neuropathy
  • Evaluation of nipple discharge
  • Imaging of deep inferior epigastric arteries for surgical planning (breast reconstruction surgery)
  • Lower extremity arterial claudication-imaging assessment for revascularization
  • Malignant or aggressive primary musculoskeletal tumor -- staging and surveillance
  • Management of liver cancer
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Osteoporosis and bone mineral density
  • Radiologic management of mesenteric ischemia
  • Right lower quadrant pain
  • Suspected osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, or soft tissue infection (excluding spine and diabetic foot)
  • Suspected pulmonary embolism
  • Suspected pulmonary hypertension

Each topic has a narrative, an evidence table, and a literature search summary. Many of the topics also have patient-friendly summaries.

For a full list of topics, visit the organization's ACR Appropriateness Criteria website.

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