ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Chronic Foot Pain

Expert Panel on Musculoskeletal Imaging

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Chronic foot pain is a frequent clinical complaint, which can significantly impact the quality of live in some individuals. These guidelines define best practices with regards to requisition of imaging studies based on specific clinical scenarios, which have been grouped into different variants. Each variant is accompanied by a brief description of the usefulness, advantages, and limitations of different imaging modalities. The present narrative is the result of an exhaustive assessment of the available literature and a thorough review process by a panel of experts on Musculoskeletal Imaging. The American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed annually by a multidisciplinary expert panel. The guideline development and revision include an extensive analysis of current medical literature from peer reviewed journals and the application of well-established methodologies (RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method and Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation or GRADE) to rate the appropriateness of imaging and treatment procedures for specific clinical scenarios. In those instances where evidence is lacking or equivocal, expert opinion may supplement the available evidence to recommend imaging or treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S391-S402
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2020


  • AUC
  • Appropriate Use Criteria
  • Appropriateness Criteria
  • Chronic foot pain
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Foot
  • Forefoot
  • Hindfoot
  • Midfoot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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