ACR appropriateness criteria® chronic dyspnea: Suspected pulmonary origin

Debra Sue Dyer, Tan Lucien H. Mohammed, Jacobo Kirsch, Judith K. Amorosa, Kathleen Brown, Jonathan H. Chung, Mark E. Ginsburg, Darel E. Heitkamp, Jeffrey P. Kanne, Ella A. Kazerooni, Loren H. Ketai, J. Anthony Parker, James G. Ravenel, Anthony G. Saleh, Rakesh D. Shah

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Dyspnea, described as breathlessness or shortness of breath, is usually caused by cardiopulmonary disease. The role of imaging in chronic dyspnea (>1 mo in duration) with suspected pulmonary origin is reviewed as suggested by the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria Expert Panel on Thoracic Imaging. The American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed every 2 years by a multidisciplinary expert panel. The guideline development and review include an extensive analysis of current medical literature from peer-reviewed journals and the application of a well-established consensus methodology (modified Delphi) to rate the appropriateness of imaging and treatment procedures by the panel. In those instances in which evidence is lacking or not definitive, expert opinion may be used to recommend imaging or treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)W64-W66
JournalJournal of Thoracic Imaging
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


  • Appropriateness Criteria®
  • chronic dyspnea
  • diffuse lung disease
  • high-resolution chest computed tomography
  • shortness of breath


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