ACR Appropriateness Criteria ® Sinusitis-Child

Expert Panel on Pediatric Imaging:

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Sinusitis is common in children that usually resolves spontaneously. Imaging is not part of the standard of care for initial diagnosis, however may be necessary in cases with persistent or chronic sinusitis to guide surgical intervention, or to rule out intracranial and vascular complications of sinusitis. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are the leading imaging modalities. In this article, appropriateness in use of imaging modalities are discussed under common/clinically relevant scenarios. 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)S403-S412
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2018


  • AUC
  • Acute sinusitis
  • Appropriate Use Criteria
  • Appropriateness Criteria
  • CT
  • Child
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • MRI
  • Sinusitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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