The 2012 CAR Diagnostic Imaging Referral Guidelines are intended for physicians and are aimed at assisting them in making decisions in regard to appropriate imaging studies for specific cases.
These Referral Guidelines are not intended as a means of restricting the physician’s role in the process of decision-making in regard to the imaging studies to be requested. The Referral Guidelines are evidence-informed and are based on expert opinion or case studies.
They should not be used to diminish in any way the freedom of attending physicians to determine and order imaging studies for their patients for whom they have the ultimate responsibility. Discussion between the radiologist and the physician, particularly during multidisciplinary team meetings, must always take precedence.
A full reference guide will soon be available to outline the recommendations, level of evidence and dose.
Each set of guidelines below was prepared by an expert advisory working group. The CAR gratefully acknowledges the many individuals that were consulted in the revision of these guidelines.
Symposium on DI Referrals and Appropriateness
On Monday January 29, 2018, as part of our ongoing work on diagnostic imaging (DI) referral guidelines and quality improvement, the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) convened a symposium on diagnostic imaging referral guidelines, appropriateness, and computerized clinical decision support systems (CDS).
The idea for the symposium originated with the CAR’s Referral Guidelines Working Group, chaired by Dr. Martin Reed. In order to properly guide the CAR Board of Directors on the best way forward for our referral guidelines and work on CDS, the working group wanted to engage stakeholders at the national level to learn more about their work and how the CAR might collaborate with them on projects designed to enhance patient care and ensure the appropriateness of imaging orders.
The goal of the symposium was to open lines of communication and collaboration on issues and strategies related to imaging referrals and quality improvement. The connections made at the symposium will serve to advance project plans to expand and enhance our DI referral guidelines, while setting a foundation for the broader use and implementation of CDS technologies across Canada.
2012 CAR Diagnostic Imaging Referral Guidelines
- Section A: Central nervous system
- Section B: Head and neck
- Section C: Spine
- Section D: Musculoskeletal system
- Section E: Cardiovascular
- Section F: Thoracic
- Section G: Gastrointestinal system
- Section H: Urological, adrenal and genitourinary systems
- Section I: Obstetrics and gynaecology
- Section J: Trauma
- Section K: Cancer
- Section L: Pediatrics
- Section M: Breast disease