ACR Exam Appropriateness
The American College of Radiology has specific parameters and technical standards to help advance the science of radiology and improve the quality of service to patients. They promote the safe and effective use of diagnostic and therapeutic radiology by describing specific training, skills and techniques. These parameters help physicians choose the best exam for a patient's particular situation.
There are many indications for radiological services that relate to the patient’s clinical history, the disease processes, and the anatomic areas of concern. There should be sufficient clinical indication to warrant performance of a study, and a reasonable anticipation that the results of the radiograph, normal or abnormal, will influence the treatment course of the patient. The indications should be communicated to the facility and the physician responsible for ordering the radiographic study. The ACR Appropriateness Criteria® should be considered when choosing the appropriate imaging procedure for the clinical situation.