Join EuroSafe Imaging at ECR 2016
Posted February 10, 2016
EuroSafe Imaging has plenty in store for the upcoming European Congress of Radiology 2016, making sure that the issue of radiation protection and the ESR’s quality and safety projects are front and centre throughout the conference.
Visit EuroSafe Imaging at our information booth in the entrance hall of the ACV to find out all about the brand new EuroSafe Imaging Stars initiative and how to become a Friend of EuroSafe Imaging. Browse through the posters of the EuroSafe Imaging Poster Exhibition in the ECR Online & EPOS Lounge (first level), this year using the electronic format of the ESR’s Electronic Presentation Online System. And don’t miss out on the four EuroSafe Imaging sessions in the ECR 2016 programme.
More information on all EuroSafe Imaging activities at ECR 2016 is available here, or download our compact ECR information brochure here.
Join the EuroSafe Imaging Stars network!
Posted February 1, 2016
The European Society of Radiology is launching the EuroSafe Imaging Stars initiative to create a network of imaging departments committed to best practice in radiation protection. By partnering with imaging departments across Europe to cooperate on projects such as the ‘Is Your Imaging EuroSafe?’ CT data collection survey or the ESR’s clinical audit tool and patient safety standards, EuroSafe Imaging supports the ESR’s efforts to translate its concepts and tools into improved quality and safety for patients in the reality of clinical practice.
Online application for the initiative is already open – just complete the simple self-evaluation to get your stars!
More information: eurosafeimaging.org/stars
Ask EuroSafe Imaging
Posted January 7, 2016
Ask EuroSafe Imaging, a new initiative to improve information for professionals and patients, has published the first Tips & Tricks in the areas of CT, interventional radiology and paediatric imaging. Moreover, the first FAQ is available.
To learn more about this initiative and to submit an enquiry to the working groups, please click here.
ESR publishes Basic Patient Safety Standards and Audit Tool
Posted December 9, 2015
The European Society of Radiology is pleased to announce the launch of the ESR Basic Patient Safety Standards and Audit Tool, providing clear guidance on how to perform effective audit against 18 Patient Safety Standards that the ESR consider to represent essential good practice in any imaging service. These standards encompass all aspects of patient safety, but particularly focus on radiation protection of the patient. To support departments in auditing their practice, the ESR Audit and Standards Subcommittee has produced a set of templates which will help radiologists and radiographers to assess their compliance with each of the standards.
For more information go to the ESR Basic Patient Safety Standards and Audit Tool pages.
Celebrate the 2015 International Day of Radiology on November 8
Posted October 7, 2015
November 8 is the International Day of Radiology (IDoR) and this year, marking the 120th anniversary of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen’s discovery of x-rays, IDoR is dedicated to paediatric imaging.
Each year an IDoR booklet is procuded and the 2015 booklet on paediatric imaging contains contributions from EuroSafe Imaging on its activities relating to paediatric radiology and the principles of radiation protection, raising awareness of the necessity of reducing radiation exposure in young patients.
IDoR is an initiative by the European Society of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America and the American College of Radiology. More than 120 radiological societies from around the world mark this day with a variety of events to celebrate the role of medical imaging in healthcare. Go to internationaldayofradiology.com for more information.
International Patient Safety Day
Posted September 17, 2015
September 17 was declared the first International Patient Safety Day to raise awareness for preventable risks. This first International Patient Safety Day focused on ‘Hygiene and avoiding infections in healthcare facilities’. For more information about this day and related activities, please click here.
EuroSafe Imaging at the CIRSE 2015 Radiation Protection Pavilion
Posted September 3, 2015
EuroSafe Imaging is pleased to announce its participation at the second Radiation Protection Pavilion at the upcoming CIRSE Annual Meeting, from September 26-30, 2015, in Lisbon, Portugal. Organised by the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE), the Radiation Protection Pavilion is an interactive awareness campaign on radiation protection and dose management in interventional radiology, providing tailored information and services to promote safe practices amongst interventional professionals.
The special services offered in the Radiation Protection Pavilion include free eye-checks to raise awareness of the heightened risk of radiation-related cataract formation faced by interventional radiologists, as well as short talks on radiation safety, take-home information material and a self-assessment quiz. An exciting new feature this year are the interactive tools where congress delegates can train and test their radiation protection skills, including a simulator and virtual environments. The Radiation Protection Pavilion is supported by ESR’s EuroSafe Imaging campaign and select industry partners, who will be on hand in the Radiation Protection Pavilion booths RPP1 to RPP12.
Make sure to visit the EuroSafe Imaging Booth (RPP2) in the Radiation Protection Pavilion in Exhibition Hall 1 to find out more about the campaign’s Call for Action, test the radiation protection modules of the ESR’s e-learning platform Education on Demand, and support our efforts to strengthen medical radiation protection by becoming a Friend of EuroSafe Imaging!
EuroSafe Imaging at World Health Assembly 2015
Posted May 27, 2015
The ESR was represented on the panel of a side-event entitled ‘Imaging for Saving Kids – the Inside Story about Patient Safety in Paediatric Radiology’ initiated and co-organised by the International Society of Radiology (ISR) at the WHO World Health Assembly in Geneva on May 26.
Around 60 policymakers, healthcare providers, equipment manufacturers, and patients from across the globe gathered at the event to jointly discuss what could be done to improve health and service delivery by maximising the benefits and minimising the risks when using medical imaging in children and how this could be achieved.
As a speaker representing the ISR and the ESR, Prof. Guy Frija, EuroSafe Imaging Chair, outlined the importance for member states to pursue a multi-stakeholder approach, to adopt tools to improve appropriateness and optimisation, as well as to develop a policy on medical imaging equipment upgrade. He underscored the urgent need to increase awareness among patients, carers and healthcare professionals and encouraged the launch of regional campaigns, following successful models such as EuroSafe Imaging or Image Gently.
Click here for the ISR press release on the event, the coverage in the WHO’s PHE e-news is available here.
Is your Imaging EuroSafe?
Posted May 26, 2015
‘Is your Imaging EuroSafe?’ has been launched as part of the ESR’s EuroSafe Imaging campaign to improve radiation protection in Europe. The ESR has compiled preliminary results for the surveys on head CT for acute stroke and chest CT for pulmonary embolus, which can be downloaded here.
The latest survey in the ‘Is your Imaging EuroSafe?’ series focuses on CT head for acute head trauma. Click here to take the survey (5-10 minutes).
EuroSafe Imaging Keynote at 45ª Jornada Paulista de Radiologia in Brazil
Posted May 6, 2015
ESR President Prof. Luis Donoso gave a highly successful keynote speech on EuroSafe Imaging and ESR iGuide at the 45ª Jornada Paulista de Radiologia in São Paulo, Brazil on April 30, 2015. Presenting the ESR’s efforts to raise awareness of the importance of medical radiation protection, Prof. Donoso highlighted the ESR’s achievements of recent months, first and foremost the launch of ESR iGuide, a clinical decision support system for European imaging referral guidelines.