ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Thyroid Disease.
J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 May;16(5S):S300-S314
Authors: Expert Panel on Neurological Imaging:, Hoang JK, Oldan JD, Mandel SJ, Policeni B, Agarwal V, Burns J, Bykowski J, Harvey HB, Juliano AF, Kennedy TA, Moonis G, Pannell JS, Parsons MS, Schroeder JW, Subramaniam RM, Whitehead MT, Corey AS
There are a wide variety of diseases that affect the thyroid gland ranging from hyperplastic to neoplastic, autoimmune, or inflammatory. They can present with functional abnormality or a palpable structural change. Imaging has a key role in diagnosing and characterizing the thyroid finding for management. Imaging is also essential in the management of thyroid cancer. 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.
PMID: 31054756 [PubMed - in process]