ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Seizures-Child

Expert Panel on Pediatric Imaging:

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In children, seizures represent an extremely heterogeneous group of medical conditions ranging from benign cases, such as a simple febrile seizure, to life-threatening situations, such as status epilepticus. Underlying causes of seizures also represent a wide range of pathologies from idiopathic cases, usually genetic, to a variety of acute and chronic intracranial or systemic abnormalities. This document discusses appropriate utilization of neuroimaging tests in a child with seizures. The clinical scenarios in this document take into consideration different circumstances at the time of a child's presentation including the patient's age, precipitating event (if any), and clinical and electroencephalogram findings and include neonatal seizures, simple and complex febrile seizures, post-traumatic seizures, focal seizures, primary generalized seizures in a neurologically normal child, and generalized seizures in neurologically abnormal child. This practical approach aims to guide clinicians in clinical decision-making and to help identify efficient and appropriate imaging workup. 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)S199-S211
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2021


  • AUC
  • Appropriate Use Criteria
  • Appropriateness Criteria
  • CT
  • Child
  • Epilepsy
  • MRI
  • Neuroimaging
  • Seizure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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