Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC)

Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) are statements that contain indications describing when, and how often, an intervention should be performed under the auspices of scientific evidence, clinical judgment, and patient values while avoiding unnecessary provisions of services. SNMMI follows a balanced multidisciplinary approach to guidance development by including various stakeholders in the development process. To view the development process, please click the following link: SNMMI AUC Development Process.


AUC topics currently under development:

AUC topics to be developed in 2017:

  • Gastrointestinal Transit
  • Infection Imaging
  • Nuclear Medicine in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Thyroid Cancer (to include I-123 & I-131 tracers)
  • Prostate Cancer Imaging

Comments or Questions?
The SNMMI Guidance Oversight Committee is continually developing new Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) and reviewing and updating existing AUC. If you have specific comments or questions on the content of any of the AUC, or if you have suggestions for new AUC that you feel should be written, please contact the SNMMI Guidance Oversight Committee at All comments will be considered in the AUC development process.