Appropriate Use Criteria for Ventilation/Perfusion (V/Q) Imaging in Pulmonary Embolism

The new AUC for Ventilation–Perfusion Imaging addresses several clinical scenarios for pulmonary embolism. To promote appropriate utilization and guide providers across specialties to use V/Q Scan, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) assembled an autonomous V/Q Scan AUC Workgroup of experts consisting of nuclear medicine physicians, emergency physicians, physicists, hematologists, thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, radiologists, and chest radiologists to review the scientific literature and develop consensus recommendations for the clinical use of this technology.

SNMMI collaborated with the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to develop criteria for the appropriate use of this imaging technology to aid in the diagnosis of people with pulmonary embolism. This AUC has been endorsed by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

On September 1, 2017, the American Society of Hematology (ASH) affirmed that these appropriate use criteria have value for hematologists. The expert panel that developed the criteria included an ASH representative, and the final criteria were reviewed by the ASH Committee on Quality. ASH did not otherwise have input into the development of these criteria.

The Oregon Health and Science University's (OHSU) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) conducted a systematic review of existing evidence that formed the basis of the V/Q Scan AUC Workgroup's recommendations for clinical use.

Click here to view the Appropriate Use Criteria for Ventilation–Perfusion Imaging in Pulmonary Embolism.

To view the development process, please click the following link: SNMMI AUC Development Process.