ACR appropriateness criteria radiologic management of benign and malignant biliary obstruction

Charles E. Ray, Jonathan M. Lorenz, Charles T. Burke, Michael D. Darcy, Nicholas Fidelman, Frederick L. Greene, Eric J. Hohenwalter, Thomas B. Kinney, Kenneth J. Kolbeck, Jon K. Kostelic, Brian E. Kouri, Ajit V. Nair, Charles A. Owens, Paul J. Rochon, Don C. Rockey, George Vatakencherry

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The optimal treatment for patients with biliary obstruction varies depending on the underlying cause of the obstruction, the clinical condition of the patient, and anticipated long-term effects of the procedure performed. Endoscopic and image-guided procedures are usually the initial procedures performed for biliary obstructions. Various options are available for both the radiologist and endoscopist, and each should be considered for any individual patient with biliary obstruction. This article provides an overview of the current status of radiologic procedures performed in the setting of biliary obstruction and describes multiple clinical scenarios that may be treated by radiologic or other methods. The ACR Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed every 2 years by a multidisciplinary expert panel. The guideline development and review include an extensive analysis of current medical literature from peer-reviewed journals and the application of a well-established consensus methodology (modified Delphi) to rate the appropriateness of imaging and treatment procedures by the panel. In those instances in which evidence is lacking or not definitive, expert opinion may be used to recommend imaging or treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-574
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Appropriateness criteria
  • benign biliary obstruction
  • endoscopy
  • interventional radiology
  • malignant biliary obstruction
  • radiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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