ACR updates, expands Appropriateness Criteria

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The latest version of the American College of Radiology’s (ACR’s) Appropriateness Criteria is now available.

The evidence-based guidelines are continually updated and offer providers standards to assist in the appropriate utilization of medical imaging or radiation therapy. The criteria have been shown to improve quality, reduce unnecessary scans and cut costs, according to the ACR.

There are currently 197 topics covered by the Appropriateness Criteria, with 29 receiving updates in the latest version. Twelve new criteria have been added, including Asymptomatic Patient at Risk for Coronary Artery Disease; Acute Hip Pain — Suspected Fracture; and Blunt Chest Trauma. A full list of the new criteria is available on ACR’s website.