July 25, 2018

New, Revised ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards Cover 27 Radiology Topics

Practice Parameters and Technical Standards Take Effect Oct. 1.

Reston, VA (July 25, 2018) – The American College of Radiology (ACR) has released four new and 23 revised documents in the 2018 Practice Parameters and Technical Standards.

The four new practice parameters are the ACR–ASNR–SIR–SNIS Practice Parameter for the Performance of Endovascular Embolectomy and Revascularization in Acute Stroke, the ACR Practice Parameter for the Performance of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), the ACR Practice Parameter for the Performance of Gallium-68 DOTATATE PET/CT Neuroendocrine Tumors, and the ACR–ACNM Practice Parameter for the Performance of 18F-Fluciclovine PET/CT for Recurrent Prostate Cancer.

“Each of these practice parameters and technical standards has undergone extensive review and promotes the latest in safe and effective radiology,” said Matthew Pollack, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Committee on Practice Parameters and Technical Standards. “We are pleased to have collaborated with 13 national medical specialty societies on these new documents, which will advance radiology science and improve the quality of service to our patients.”

These guidance documents are available on acr.org and take effect Oct. 1, 2018.

Additionally, the following guidance documents were approved through separate medical physics and radiation oncology processes and are effective Aug. 1, 2018:

Approved by AAPM and the Commission on Medical Physics

  • ACR–AAPM Technical Standard for the Performance of Proton Beam Radiation Therapy
  • ACR–AAPM Technical Standard for Medical Physics Performance Monitoring of PET/CT Imaging Equipment
  • ACR–AAPM Technical Standard for Management of the Use of Radiation in Fluoroscopic Procedures
  • ACR–AAPM Technical Standard for Nuclear Medical Physics Performance Monitoring of Gamma Cameras
  • ACR–AAPM Practice Parameter on the Expert Witness in Medical Physics

Approved by ASTRO and the Commission on Radiation Oncology

  • ACR–ASTRO Practice Parameter for the Performance of Proton Beam Radiation Therapy
  • ACR–ASTRO Practice Parameter for Radiation Oncology

To arrange an interview with an ACR spokesperson, media can contact Shawn Farley at 703-648-8936, Meghan Swope at 703-390-9822, or email pr@acr.org.

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About the American College of Radiology

The American College of Radiology (ACR), founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care.