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ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Nontraumatic Aortic Disease

Kalva, Sanjeeva P. MD*; Dill, Karin E. MD; Bandyk, Dennis F. MD; Francois, Christopher J. MD§; Gerhard-Herman, Marie D. MD; Hanley, Michael MD; Mohler, Emile R. III MD#; Moriarty, John M. MB, BCh**; Oliva, Isabel B. MD††; Schenker, Matthew P. MD‡‡; Weiss, Clifford MD§§; Rybicki, Frank J. MD, PhD‡‡Expert Panel on Vascular Imaging:

doi: 10.1097/RTI.0000000000000107
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The American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed every 3 years by a multidisciplinary expert panel. The guideline development and review include an extensive analysis of current medical literature from peer-reviewed journals and the application of a well-established consensus methodology (modified Delphi) to rate the appropriateness of imaging and treatment procedures by the panel. In those instances in which evidence is lacking or not definitive, expert opinion may be used to recommend imaging or treatment. In this document we provided guidelines for use of various imaging modalities for assessment of nontraumatic aortic diseases.

*Department of Radiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Department of Radiology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Department of Surgery, Society of Vascular Surgeons, University of San Diego, La Jolla

**Department of Radiology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

§Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Department of Medicine, American College of Cardiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

‡‡Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Department of Radiology, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

#Department of Medicine, American College of Cardiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

††Department of Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

§§Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

This article is a summary of the complete version of this topic, which is available on the ACR website at Practitioners are encouraged to refer to the complete version.

Reprinted with permission of the American College of Radiology.

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 individual or society endorsement of the final document.

Sanjeeva P. Kalva is a Consultant at Celonova Biosciences Inc., and Clifford Weiss is a Section Editor at Rad Primer, Amirsys Publishing. The remaining authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence Author: Sanjeeva Kalva, MD, Department of Radiology, University of TX Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75390-7208 (e-mail:

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