News | July 10, 2012

Latest Version of ACR Appropriateness Criteria Now Available

July 10, 2012 — New and updated evidence-based guidelines to help healthcare providers choose the most appropriate medical imaging exam or radiation therapy for a patient’s clinical condition are now available via the latest version of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria. These continually updated criteria are a national standard, developed by expert panels of physicians from many different medical specialties.

In the latest version, the ACR updated 39 appropriateness criteria topics and added five new criteria — breast cancer screening, radiologic management of gastric varices, imaging of mesenteric ischemia, definitive therapy for early-stage cervical cancer and radiation therapy for small-cell lung cancer. ACR Appropriateness Criteria guide physicians when ordering exams and help ensure that patients get the right scan or therapy for the right indication. The criteria have also been shown to improve quality, reduce unnecessary exams and lower costs.

“In today’s society, evidence-based medicine is critical for the optimal management of cancer patients. Use of ACR Appropriateness Criteria allows physicians to educate themselves regarding the latest evidence-based approach for a wide variety of therapeutic decisions to provide the best care for their patients with cancer,” said Benjamin Movsas, M.D., FACR, chair of the ACR Committee on Radiation Oncology Appropriateness Criteria.

ACR Appropriateness Criteria provide a tool for more effective clinical decision-making and to help ensure that imaging is neither over- nor under-utilized. The criteria include topics from more than 350 expert panelists in breast, cardiac, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, neurologic, thoracic, urologic, pediatric, vascular and women’s imaging, as well as interventional radiology and radiation oncology. There are 180 topics with over 850 variants available.

“ACR Appropriateness Criteria can help providers identify when they can replace an exam that uses ionizing radiation with one that does not, or even when no imaging exam may be needed at all. This can reduce patient and population exposure to radiation and ensure appropriate imaging, without disrupting the doctor-patient relationship or delaying needed care,” said E. Kent Yucel, M.D., FACR, chair of the ACR Committee on Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology Appropriateness Criteria.

For more information:

Related Content

CT Shows Enlarged Aortas in Former Pro Football Players

3-D rendering from a cardiac CT dataset demonstrating mild dilation of the ascending aorta. Image courtesy of Christopher Maroules, M.D.

News | Computed Tomography (CT) | January 12, 2018
Former National Football League (NFL) players are more likely to have enlarged aortas, a condition that may put them at...
Siemens Healthineers Strengthens CT Portfolio With Four New Systems at RSNA 2017

The Somatom Force with the new FAST 3D Camera

Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | December 14, 2017
December 14, 2017 — Siemens Healthineers introduced four new...
Toshiba Medical Introduces Aquilion Prime SP CT System at RSNA 2017
Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | December 13, 2017
December 13, 2017 — Toshiba Medical, a Canon Group company, introduced its new Aquilion Prime SP...
Philips Debuts IQon Elite Spectral CT Scanner at RSNA 2017
Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | December 11, 2017
At the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Philips unveiled the IQon Elite Spectral CT,...
Toshiba Highlights Ultra-High Resolution CT at RSNA 2017
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | December 06, 2017
Toshiba Medical, a Canon Group company, showcased the Aquilion Precision, what it calls the world’s first ultra-high...
Samsung Unveils Mobile CT OmniTom at RSNA 2017
Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | November 26, 2017
Samsung Electronics debuted its OmniTom mobile 16-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner at the Radiological Society of...
Siemens Healthineers Announces First U.S. Installs of Somatom go.Up CT System
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | November 15, 2017
November 15, 2017 — Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI), one of the nation’s largest providers of diagnostic imaging
Medis Releases QAngio CT v3.1
Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | October 09, 2017
Medis has released a new version of its QAngio CT (computed tomography), which can now be launched from the Medis Suite...
Hitachi Supria True64 CT Receives FDA Clearance
Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | September 15, 2017
Hitachi Healthcare Americas Inc. announced it has attained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to...
Orange County, Calif. Hospital Adopts Siemens Somatom Force CT for Cardiac Imaging
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | September 12, 2017
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian recently became the first hospital in Orange County, Calif., to install the Siemens...
Overlay Init