Acute injuries to the ankle are frequently encountered in the setting of the emergency room, sport, and general practice. This ACR Appropriateness Criteria defines best practices for imaging evaluation for several variants of patients presenting with acute ankle trauma. The variants include scenarios when Ottawa Rules can be evaluated, when there are exclusionary criteria, when Ottawa Rules cannot be evaluated, as well as specific injuries. Clinical scenarios are followed by the imaging choices and their appropriateness with an accompanying narrative explanation to help physicians to order the most appropriate imaging test. 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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging