Moore CL, Carpenter CR, Heilbrun ML, et al. Imaging in suspected renal colic: systematic review of the literature and multispecialty consensus. Ann Emerg Med. 2019;74(3):391-399.
This systematic review of the literature provides an evidence-based multispecialty consensus on appropriate imaging studies across a range of emergency department (ED) patient presentations concerning for renal colic. Physicians from the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American College of Radiology, and the American Urology Association formed the panel. After review of the literature, the members concluded that certain clinical scenarios can be appropriately imaged with ultrasound (either point-of-care or radiology-performed) without the need for computed tomography (CT), while some will require CT.