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Which test, procedure or treatment is best for me?

The ACR Appropriateness Criteria (AC) are the largest body of evidence-based guidelines in medical imaging. For over 20 years, the AC have aided physicians and other providers with resources for appropriate utilization of medical imaging.

The Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR), in collaboration with the ACR AC Patient Subcommittee, publishes patient-written summaries of the AC. By making the AC accessible to patients, we hope to improve communication between patients and their physicians about imaging exams. For a comprehensive list of all available ACR®️ Appropriateness Criteria Patient-Friendly Summaries, please visit

AC Summaries (listed alphabetically):