EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action
The European Society of Radiology and the EuroSafe Imaging Steering Committee issue the EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action, a 12-point action plan to achieve EuroSafe Imaging’s objectives of promoting appropriateness in radiological imaging, maintaining radiation doses within diagnostic reference levels, using the ALARA principle and promoting the use of up-to-date equipment, empowering patients, and joining forces with various stakeholders.
The EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action was devised to support the implementation of the Bonn Call for Action, issued in 2012 by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine: Setting the Scene for the next Decade. The conference identified responsibilities and proposed priorities for stakeholders regarding radiation protection in medicine.
By implementing the following 12 actions, EuroSafe Imaging will significantly contribute to achieving the aims in the ten priority areas of the Bonn Call for Action. Show your support for the EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action by signing up to become a Friend of EuroSafe Imaging!
Click here to read the full strategy and action plan, or download the EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action as a leaflet or poster. Take a look at some of the ESR’s achievements and activities relating to the Call for Action here (status: September 2017).
EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action
|Action 1: Develop a Clinical Decision Support system for imaging referral guidelines in Europe|
|Action 2: Develop and promote a clinical audit tool for imaging to increase the quality of patient care and improve justification|
|Action 3: Implement measures to maintain radiation doses within diagnostic reference levels (DRLs)|
|Action 4: Promote the use of up-to-date equipment and provide guidance on how to further reduce doses while maintaining image quality|
|Action 5: Establish a dialogue with industry regarding improvement of radiological equipment, the use of up-to-date equipment and the harmonisation of exposure indicators|
|Action 6: Organise radiation protection training courses and develop e-learning material to promote a safety culture and raise awareness of radiation protection|
|Action 7: Collaborate with research platforms and other medical professions to develop a strategic research agenda for medical radiation protection|
|Action 8: Develop data collection project „Is your imaging EuroSafe?“ and educational project on guidelines „Are you imaging appropriately?“|
|Action 9: Develop criteria for imaging procedures that use ionising radiation in specific exams and anatomical regions|
|Action 10: Improve communication with health professionals through EuroSafe Imaging Steering Committee, website, newsletters, conferences, training material and social media|
|Action 11: Improve information for and communication with patients regarding radiological procedures and related risks in order to ensure empowerment of patients|
|Action 12: Engage with other stakeholders and collaboration with related initiatives and regulatory authorities in Europe and beyond to contribute to a global safety culture in medical imaging|