ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Chronic Elbow Pain

Expert Panel on Musculoskeletal Imaging

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Abstract

Chronic elbow pain can be osseous, soft tissue, cartilaginous, and nerve related in etiology. Imaging plays an important role in differentiating between these causes of chronic elbow pain. This document provides recommendations for imaging of chronic elbow pain in adult patients. The ACR Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed annually by a multidisciplinary expert panel. The guideline development and revision process support the systematic analysis of the medical literature from peer-reviewed journals. Established methodology principles such as Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation or GRADE are adapted to evaluate the evidence. The RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method User Manual provides the methodology to determine the appropriateness of imaging and treatment procedures for specific clinical scenarios. In those instances in which peer-reviewed literature is lacking or equivocal, experts may be the primary evidentiary source available to formulate a recommendation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S256-S265
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Volume19
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2022

Keywords

  • Appropriate Use Criteria
  • Appropriateness Criteria
  • AUC
  • Chronic elbow pain
  • Epicondylalgia
  • Imaging
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteochondral lesion
  • Ulnar collateral ligament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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