ACR Appropriateness Criteria((R)) Headache-Child

Hayes, L. L.; Palasis, S.; Bartel, T. B.; Booth, T. N.; Iyer, R. S.; Jones, J. Y.; Kadom, N.; Milla, S. S.; Myseros, J. S.; Pakalnis, A.; Partap, S.; Robertson, R. L.; Ryan, M. E.; Saigal, G.; Soares, B. P.; Tekes, A.; Karmazyn, B. K.

J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 May 5; 15(5s):S78-s90


Headaches in children are not uncommon and have various causes. Proper neuroimaging of these children is very specific to the headache type. Care must be taken to choose and perform the most appropriate initial imaging examination in order to maximize the ability to properly determine the cause with minimum risk to the child. This evidence-based report discusses the different headache types in children and provides appropriate guidelines for imaging these children. 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.

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