EuroSafe Imaging @ ECR 2015

Following its launch at the European Congress of Radiology 2014, EuroSafe Imaging will feature prominently again this year in Vienna. Visit our information booth in the entrance hall of the congress centre to sign up as a Friend of EuroSafe Imaging, attend any of the six 90-minute EuroSafe Imaging sessions and be sure to check out the EuroSafe Imaging poster exhibition in the ECR Live & EPOS Lounge (First Floor, Austria Center Vienna). More details on EuroSafe Imaging activites at ECR 2015 are available here.

ECR 2015 will take place in Vienna from 4-8 March 2015. Take a look at the final programme for ECR 2015 and register here to book your place at Europe’s biggest imaging meeting!

ESR issues EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action

The European Society of Radiology and the EuroSafe Imaging Steering Committee are pleased to announce the publication of the EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action, a 12-point action plan to implement EuroSafe Imaging’s holistic, inclusive approach to supporting and strengthening medical radiation protection across Europe.

Structured to achieve progress in the priority areas identified in the IAEA and WHO’s Bonn Call for Action, EuroSafe Imaging’s strategy and action plan will deliver effective solutions for improving radiological practice and contribute to fostering a safety and quality culture in medical imaging by raising awareness for radiation protection.

Read the ESR’s press release, and click here to learn more about the EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action. Don’t forget to show your support for our action plan by becoming a Friend of EuroSafe Imaging!

PiDRL Workshop: Free Online Registration and Abstract Call Now Open

The PiDRL Workshop on European Diagnostic Reference Levels for Paediatric Imaging will take place in Lisbon/Portugal (Lisbon School of Health Technology) on October 15-17, 2015. For the free workshop registration, click here. To submit an abstract, click here.

Is your Imaging EuroSafe?

EuroSafe Imaging is pleased to announce the launch of a series of monthly surveys on CT diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) for different indications. The surveys are run under the title ‘Is your Imaging Eurosafe?‘ with a new survey topic published in each upcoming edition of ESR News.

The core aim is to build a European repository based on DRLs for those specific clinical indications that would be most helpful for self-benchmarking. Data collection through  ‘Is your Imaging EuroSafe?’ is part of the EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action.

For more information on the survey and to find out how to participate click here.

ESR publishes paper on renewal of imaging equipment

The European Society of Radiology’s Working Group on Economics recently published a statement on the renewal of radiological equipment in Insights into Imaging, the ESR’s open access journal.

As a result of rapid technological development, the life cycle span of imaging equipment is becoming shorter, with replacement becoming essential after 10 years. To manage maintenance and replacement of radiological equipment in an efficient manner, the ESR calls on healthcare institutions and authorities to have 5-year plans in place that should be updated annually.

Promoting the use of up-to-date equipment is an important aspect of the ESR’s radiation protection efforts and part of the EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action. The full ESR statement on the renewal of radiological equipment is available here.

Video: Introduction to EuroSafe Imaging

To capture the reasons for launching EuroSafe Imaging and its expected impact, the ESR has produced a video about EuroSafe Imaging that highlights the comprehensive approach of the campaign, with interviewees representing radiology, radiography, medical physics and international organisations.

Check out this video to find out why it is important to communicate the various components of radiation protection to a wider audience, how EuroSafe Imaging can contribute to creating a new patient safety paradigm, and why this is just the right time for this initiative!