Referring Practitioners

Referring physicians and other health care providers need reliable information to help manage their patients’ imaging needs. Consulting with your radiologist colleagues can help you and your patients make informed imaging decisions.

In addition, please use the resources below for medical information that addresses imaging-related questions such as: Does my patient need diagnostic imaging? When does it make sense to use alternatives to ionizing radiation? What about the special concerns of radiosensitive patients?

And be sure to take the pledge to image wisely!



» Radiation Dose Reference Card
Download this reference card showing the radiation dose to adults of common examinations. Download PDF

» Radiation Safety Information and Resources for Referring Practitioners
Information presented in Q&A format to assist you in determining the right exams for your patients, the risks of and alternatives to ionizing radiation, and special considerations for radiosensitive patients, among other topics. Download PDF

» ACR Appropriateness Criteria® 
Developed specifically for use by referring practitioners, these evidence-based guidelines can help you make the most appropriate imaging or treatment decision for a patient’s specific clinical condition.

» Patient Medical Imaging Record 
This printable medical imaging card makes it easy for your patients to track their imaging history. The card is available in two sizes and is co-sponsored by Image Wisely and the Food and Drug Administration.

» Choosing Wisely
Five things physicians and patients should question to help make wise decisions about the most appropriate care. Learn More