ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical StandardsThe ACR Practice Parameters 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 2014 ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference (AMCLC) had many interesting developments.  First, the name “Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards” has been changed to “Practice Parameters and Technical Standards”. Second, the CT Lung Cancer Screening Parameter document was adopted as amended at AMCLC and is currently available on this website. The 2014 Practice Parameters and Technical Standards officially go into effect on Oct. 1, 2015.

Finally, the four collaborative  radiation oncology practice parameters for this year were approved by the Council Steering Committee and the Board of Chancellors. The ACR Council decided in 2012 that these documents did not need to be presented at AMCLC for adoption, and only required approval by the CSC and the BOC.


Practice Parameters

Practice Parameters describe recommended conduct in specific areas of clinical practice. They are based on analysis of current literature, expert opinion, open forum commentary and formal consensus. Practice Parameters are not intended to be legal standards of care or conduct and may be modified as determined by individual circumstances and available resources. The Practice Parameters have been organized under the headings below. Some documents may be included under multiple headings.


Technical Standards

Technical Standards describe technical procedures or practices that are quantitative or measurable. They often include specific recommendations for patient management, equipment specifications or settings. Technical Standards are based on analysis of current literature, expert opinion, open forum commentary and formal consensus. Technical Standards are intended to set a minimum level of acceptable technical proficiencies and equipment performance and may be modified as determined by individual circumstances and available resources.


Doctor reviewing guidelines

2016 Draft ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards

The field review process provides time for all ACR members to offer thoughtful comments about the Practice Parameters and Technical Standards.

The field review process will begin in August 2015 for Practice Parameters and Technical Standards that will be presented at the ACR 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.