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.
Ask EuroSafe Imaging
Posted September 9, 2015
Ask EuroSafe Imaging is a new initiative to improve information for professionals and patients in the areas of CT, interventional radiology and paediatric imaging. It will produce an online FAQ document and Tips & Tricks.
For more details and to submit an enquiry, 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.
MELODI Workshop ‘Next Generation Radiation Protection Research’
Posted May 4, 2015
The MELODI (Multidisciplinary European Low Dose Initiative) 2015 workshop Next Generation Radiation Protection Research will be held from 9-11 November 2015 in Munich/Germany, bringing together researchers, professionals and officials to discuss the future of radiation protection research in Europe.
With a programme focusing on new technologies enabling improved health risk estimates after exposures to ionising radiation with low doses, one of the fields to be discussed at the workshop is radiation protection for medical appliances using ionising radiation. The Call for Abstracts is open until 15 June 2015.
As part of the EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action, the ESR is working with MELODI and other medical associations to develop a Strategic Research Agenda for medical radiation protection.
EuroSafe Imaging marks first anniversary at ECR 2015
Posted March 25, 2015
One year on from its launch in March 2014, EuroSafe Imaging took stock of the ESR’s achievements in relation to the Call for Action – from the launch of clinical audit templates and the publication of an equipment update policy to the ESR’s contribution to developing a strategic research agenda for radiation protection – while also setting the stage for the challenges of the coming year, such as the roll-out of the clinical decision support platform ESR iGuide and increased outreach beyond Europe to establish a global patient safety culture.
For a report on EuroSafe Imaging’s activities at ECR 2015 and other recent developments, click here. The posters from the ECR 2015 EuroSafe Imaging exhibition are available here.
EuroSafe Imaging Steering Committee Chair Prof. Guy Frija opens the EuroSafe Imaging poster exhibition.
ESR congratulates African radiologists on AFROSAFE launch
Posted March 25, 2015
Part of EuroSafe Imaging’s mission is to foster international cooperation on radiation protection. The ESR is therefore proud that EuroSafe Imaging has helped to inspire African radiologists to launch AFROSAFE at the Pan African Congress on Radiology (PACORI), held in Nairobi/Kenia in February 2015.
From left to right: EuroSafe Imaging SC Chair Guy Frija, AFROSAFE Co-Chair Michael Kawooya, ESR President Luis Donoso.