In order to appropriately manage patients with lung cancer, it is necessary to properly stage the tumor. The ACR Appropriateness Criteria® is designed to provide an overview of the value of different imaging techniques in the non-invasive staging of lung cancer and allow for the rational selection of imaging studies to arrive at the appropriate clinical stage.
*Department of Radiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
†Imaging Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
‡Department of Radiation Oncology, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI
♯Department of Radiation Oncology, VA Health Center, Ann Arbor, MI
§Department of Surgery, Columbia University
§Department of Radiation Oncology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
∥Institute for Asthma and Lung Disease, New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
∥Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Chicago
¶American College of Chest Physicians, Northbrook, IL
¶Division of Radiology, Cleveland Clinic, Weston, FL
*Department of Nuclear Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
†Society of Nuclear Medicine, Reston, VA
‡Department of Radiology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington
This article is a summary of the complete version of this topic, which is available on the ACR website at www.acr.org/ac. Practitioners are encouraged to refer to the complete version.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) seeks and encourages collaboration with other organizations on the development of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® through society representation on expert panels. Participation by representatives from collaborating societies on the expert panel does not necessarily imply society endorsement of the final document.
Reprints: James G. Ravenel, MD, Department of Quality & Safety, American College of Radiology, 1891 Preston White Dr., Reston, VA 20191 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).