ACCF/ACR/AIUM/ASE/ASN/ICAVL/SCAI/SCCT/SIR/SVM/SVS/SVU [corrected] 2012 appropriate use criteria for peripheral vascular ultrasound and physiological testing part I: arterial ultrasound and physiological testing: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation appropriate use criteria task force, American College of Radiology, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Nephrology, Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Society for Interventional Radiology, Society for Vascular Medicine, Society for Vascular Surgery, [corrected] and Society for Vascular Ultrasound. [corrected].

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), in partnership with key specialty and subspecialty societies, conducted a review of common clinical scenarios where noninvasive vascular testing (ultrasound and physiological testing) is frequently considered. The indications (clinical scenarios) were derived from common applications or anticipated uses, as well as from current clinical practice guidelines and results of studies examining the implementation of the original appropriate use criteria (AUC). The 159 indications in this document were developed by a diverse writing group and scored by a separate independent technical panel on a scale of 1 to 9, to designate appropriate use (median 7 to 9), uncertain use (median 4 to 6), and inappropriate use (median 1 to 3). A total of 255 indications (with the inclusion of surveillance timeframes) were rated. One hundred and seventeen indications were rated as appropriate, 84 were rated as uncertain, and 54 were rated as inappropriate. The AUC for peripheral vascular disease have the potential to impact physician decision making, healthcare delivery, and reimbursement policy. Furthermore, recognition of uncertain clinical scenarios facilitates identification of areas that would benefit from future research.

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Cited Authors

  • American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), ; American College of Radiology (ACR), ; American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), ; American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), ; American Society of Nephrology (ASN), ; Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL), ; Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), ; Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), ; Society for Interventional Radiology (SIR), ; Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM), ; Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), ; Mohler, ER; Gornik, HL; Gerhard-Herman, M; Misra, S; Olin, JW; Zierler, RE; Wolk, MJ

Published Date

  • July 17, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 60 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 242 - 276

PubMed ID

  • 22694840

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4634367

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-3597

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jacc.2012.02.009


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States