Appropriate use criteria (AUC) have been released by the American College of Cardiology since 2005 to help cardiologists decide on the risks and benefits of various cardiac procedures. The process has evolved greatly since when I was a member of an AUC cardiac imaging writing group in 20061; our instructions were to put ourselves in the position of the practicing physician in deciding what would be reasonable without any review of the literature.
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