ACR Appropriateness Criteria on Breast Pain

This is a clinical practice guideline for breast pain. Recommendations are made with consideration of the two main types of breast pain: 1. cyclical breast pain (diffuse unilateral or bilateral pain and/or tenderness, often accompanied by swelling, that waxes and wanes with the menstrual cycle); 2. noncyclical breast pain (predominantly inflammatory in nature, rather than hormonal in origin. It is usually unilateral, and tends to be more focal than cyclical breast pain). The guideline provides guidance on the examination of breast pain with recommendations considering different types of imaging options.