July 18, 2017

ACR Works With ASTRO and AAPM to Update Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics Guidance

Revised 2017 RO Practice Parameter and 2017 Medical Physics Technical Standard Go Into Effect Aug. 1

RESTON, VA — The American College of Radiology (ACR) collaborated with professional medical societies to update guidance to promote safe and effective diagnostic and therapeutic radiology use.

The ACR and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) revised the ACR–ASTRO Practice Parameter for the Performance of Total Body Irradiation.

The ACR and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) updated the ACR–AAPM Technical Standard for Diagnostic Medical Physics Performance Monitoring of Computed Tomography (CT) Equipment.

“The ACR-ASTRO parameter improves care quality with specific training and technique guidance,” said Alan C. Hartford, MD, PhD, FACR, chair of the ACR Committee on Practice Parameters — Radiation Oncology.

“We provide a baseline of technical and equipment performance standards that are designed to maintain high-quality care,” noted Maxwell R. Amurao, PhD, MBA, chair of the ACR Committee on Practice Parameters and Technical Standards — Medical Physics.

Both documents were approved by the ACR Council Steering Committee and the Board of Chancellors. They are available now and take effect Aug. 1.

All ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards are available at no charge on the ACR website.

To arrange an interview with an ACR spokesperson, contact Shawn Farley at 703-869-0292, Maryann Verrillo at 703-390-9822 or email PR@acr.org.