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The 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 ACR 2017 Annual Meeting was interesting and fast-paced. The collaborative radiation oncology practice parameter for the year was approved by the Council Steering Committee and the Board of Chancellors, as was one medical physics technical standard. These two documents are already available on the ACR website, with an effective date of August 1, 2017. The remainder of the 2017 practice parameters and technical standards adopted at ACR 2017 go into effect on October 1, 2017, and will be available on the website on or before September 1, 2017.
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 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.
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 2017 for Practice Parameters and Technical Standards that will be presented at the ACR 2018 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.