ACR adds more than 50 updates to new Appropriate Criteria

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The American College of Radiology (ACR) has released the latest version of its ACR Appropriateness Criteria evidence-based guidelines to help physicians and other providers make the most appropriate imaging or treatment decision for a given clinical condition.

The college said that more than 50 topics have been updated in the past year, and the latest release includes 159 topics with more than 800 variants addressing: breast; cardiac; gastrointestinal; musculoskeletal; neurologic; pediatric; thoracic; urologic; vascular; women’s imaging; interventional radiology; and radiation oncology.

The new Appropriateness Criteria also includes updated relative radiation level (RRL) information for the imaging exams. All RRL assignments are based on reviews of the current literature and the experience of medical physicists and radiologists, the college said.