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ACR Appropriateness Criteria® on Metastatic Bone Disease


Appropriate imaging modalities for screening, staging, and surveillance of patients with suspected and documented metastatic disease to bone include 99mTc bone scanning, MRI, CT, radiography, and 2-[18F]fluoro-2-deoxyglucose-PET. Clinical scenarios reviewed include asymptomatic stage 1 breast carcinoma, symptomatic stage 2 breast carcinoma, abnormal bone scan results with breast carcinoma, pathologic fracture with known metastatic breast carcinoma, asymptomatic well-differentiated and poorly differentiated prostate carcinoma, vertebral fracture with history of malignancy, non-small-cell lung carcinoma staging, symptomatic multiple myeloma, osteosarcoma staging and surveillance, and suspected bone metastasis in a pregnant patient. No single imaging modality is consistently best for the assessment of metastatic bone disease across all tumor types and clinical situations. In some cases, no imaging is indicated. The recommendations contained herein are the result of evidence-based consensus by the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Expert Panel on Musculoskeletal Radiology. © 2010 American College of Radiology.

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