Appropriate Use Framework for Heart Failure Imaging Aims to Improve Care

The American College of Radiology and the American College of Cardiology Foundation published a report summarizing a process for determining the appropriate utilization of cardiovascular imaging modalities in heart failure in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The joint process describes a process for determining appropriate utilization in different clinical scenarios in heart failure. The appropriate utilization framework aims to improve quality and efficiency.

The process, based on evidence-based medicine, guidelines and practice experience, categorizes imaging use as appropriate, maybe appropriate and rarely appropriate. The associations presented the process as "recommendations to be used in conjunction with sound clinical judgment," according to the report.

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