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Papers: 26 Nov 2022 - 2 Dec 2022

2022 Nov

J Am Coll Radiol



ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Chronic Elbow Pain.


Thomas JM, Chang EY, Ha AS, Bartolotta RJ, Bucknor MD, Caracciolo JT, Chen KC, Flug J, Kumaravel M, Raizman NM, Ross AB, Silvis ML, Surasi D S, Beaman FD
J Am Coll Radiol. 2022 Nov; 19(11S):S256-S265.
PMID: 36436956.


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.