The American College of Radiology has released new guidelines to help radiology practices, as safely as possible, resume offering mammograms, oncologic and orthopedic imaging, image-guided biopsies, and other nonurgent care previously postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coronavirus cases and deaths are declining in some areas, and radiology practices in those regions are resuming such care. The ACR guidelines are intended to help practices make informed decisions on when, where, and how to once again offer these nonemergency services.
“Radiology practices largely followed World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and ACR guidance to postpone nonurgent care,” says Jacqueline A. Bello, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Quality and Safety. “While local conditions prevent a single prescriptive strategy to resume such care, general principles can apply in most settings. These ACR recommendations can help practices safely and efficiently resume nonurgent care in areas where pandemic conditions allow.”
Find the new ACR guidelines in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.