AC 2016The ACR Appropriateness Criteria® (AC) are evidence-based guidelines to assist referring physicians and other providers in making the most appropriate imaging or treatment decision for a specific clinical condition. Employing these guidelines helps providers enhance quality of care and contribute to the most efficacious use of radiology. Learn More »


NEW! ACR Named a Qualified Provider-Led Entity by CMS
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has named ACR a “qualified Provider-Led Entity” (qPLE) approved to provide appropriate use criteria (AUC) under the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria program for advanced diagnostic imaging. This means that ACR Appropriateness Criteria fulfill the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) requirements to consult AUC prior to ordering advanced diagnostic imaging for Medicare patients. ACR qPLE status is valid through June 2021. Read more »


May 2016 Updates

The latest release of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria covering a total of 215 clinical conditions includes eight new and 15 revised topics.

New & Revised Appropriateness Criteria Topics




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