ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Suspected Spine Trauma-Child

Expert Panel on Pediatric Imaging:

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Choosing the appropriate imaging in children with accidental traumatic spine injuries can be challenging because the recommendations based on scientific evidence at this time differ from those applied in adults. This differentiation is due in part to differences in anatomy and physiology of the developing spine. This publication uses scientific evidence and a panel of pediatric experts to summarize best current imaging practices for children with accidental spine trauma. 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S286-S299
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2019


  • AUC
  • Accidental trauma
  • Appropriate Use Criteria
  • Appropriateness Criteria
  • Cervical spine trauma
  • Lumbosacral spine trauma
  • Pediatric
  • Thoracic spine trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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