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Papers: 27 May 2023 - 2 Jun 2023

Commentary/Perspective, Resource

Abdominal/Pelvic Pain

2023 May

J Am Coll Radiol




ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Chronic Hip Pain: 2022 Update.


Jawetz ST, Fox MG, Blankenbaker DG, Caracciolo JT, Frick MA, Nacey N, Said N, Sharma A, Spence S, Stensby JD, Subhas N, Tubb CC, Walker EA, Yu F, Beaman FD


Chronic hip pain is a frequent chief complaint for adult patients who present for evaluation in a variety of clinical practice settings. Following a targeted history and physical examination, imaging plays a vital role in elucidating the etiologies of a patient’s symptoms, as a wide spectrum of pathological entities may cause chronic hip pain. Radiography is usually the appropriate initial imaging test following a clinical examination. Depending on the clinical picture, advanced cross-sectional imaging may be subsequently performed for further evaluation. This documents provides best practice for the imaging workup of chronic hip pain in patients presenting with a variety of clinical scenarios. 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.