The ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards 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. Learn more »
The ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards have been updated for 2013. The Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards adopted at the May, 2013 ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference (AMCLC) officially go into effect on October 1, 2013. This year you will notice a difference in how the documents are formatted. We have changed to a single column format for ease in reading with all methods of media.
Practice Guidelines describe recommended conduct in specific areas of clinical practice. They are based on analysis of current literature, expert opinion, open forum commentary and informal consensus. Guidelines are not intended to be legal standards of care or conduct and may be modified as determined by individual circumstances and available resources. The guidelines have been organized under the headings below. Some documents may be included under multiple headings.
Technical Standards describe technical parameters that are quantitative or measurable. They often include specific recommendations for patient management or equipment specifications or settings. Technical Standards are based on analysis of current literature, expert opinion, open forum commentary and informal consensus. Technical Standards are intended to set a minimum level of acceptable technical parameters and equipment performance and may be modified as determined by individual circumstances and available resources.
The field review process provides time for all ACR members to offer thoughtful comments about the Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards.