October 11, 2021

American College of Radiology Announces Updated ACR Appropriateness Criteria

Guidance key tool to help radiologists enhance quality/effectiveness of care

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) today released the latest edition of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria®, which includes 216 diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics with more than 1,030 clinical variants covering 2,400 clinical scenarios.


“ACR appropriateness criteria serve a vital role in helping to ensure that patients receive the necessary, quality care that they expect from their healthcare providers,” said Mark Lockhart, MD, MPH, chair of the ACR Committee on Appropriateness Criteria. “These criteria are recognized as the national standard in radiologic care. The five new topics included in the ACR Appropriateness Criteria, including two related to pediatric care, help further ensure that patients receive the right care, for the right indication, at the right time.”


The ACR Appropriateness Criteria has been providing the most comprehensive evidence-based guidelines for diagnostic imaging selection and image guided interventional procedures since 1993.


This latest update includes five new and eight revised topics. Each topic has a narrative, an evidence table, and a literature search summary.


The new topics in today’s release are:

Recently revised topics are: 

Medical providers may consult the ACR Appropriateness Criteria to fulfill Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) requirements that they consult AUC prior to ordering advanced diagnostic imaging for Medicare patients. The ACR is designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a qualified Provider-Led Entity.