The European Council Basic Safety Standards Directive (BSSD) 2013/59 Euratomdetails updated legal requirements for radiation protection in departments across Europe. This was transposed in 2018. Compliance with BSSD is now not only good medical practice but also a legal requirement1.
More specifically the BSSD highlights the key role of clinical audit in protection from the dangers associated with exposure to medical ionising radiation and the legal responsibility of carrying out audit in accordance with national procedure. As such improving clinical audit is of high priority...
Description of activity and work performed
A 14 question survey was sent via survey monkey to all 116 imaging departments within the Eurosafe network in July 2019. The questions were specifically designed to evaluate the specific aims of the survey and a free text/ comments box was included at the end.
The survey questionnaire was distributed via the ESR office to departments within the ESR Eurosafe Imaging Stars network on 3rdJuly 2019 and closed on the 12thSeptember, following a reminder. The data was returned directly to the ESR office and responses...
Conclusion and recommendations
A summary of the results is as follows:
Response rate of 41% (47/116). 37 of the departmemts were based in the EU and 10 based outside.
Only 38% of respondents were aware of Esperanto before being sent the survey, and the majority of those (72%), had first heard about it during the ECR 2019 conference.
Most of the departments familiar with Esperanto said it was mostly useful in terms of clinical relevance and usability. 77% of departments report active engagement in audit, but less...
N. Mahmood; Sussex/UK, C. Law; East Sussex/UK, R. Curcio; Vienna/AT, M. Hierath; Vienna/AT,A. Brady; Cork/IE, A. Rockall; London/UK, G. P. Frija; Paris/FR, L. Bonomo; Rome/IT, D. Howlett; Eastbourne/UK.
No co-author has anything to disclose.
With thanks to the ESR, Eurosafe Imaging Stars Network and European National Societies.
1.1.European Council directive 2013/59/Euratom on basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation and repealing directives 89/618/Euratom, 90/641, 97/43 Euratom and 2003/122/Euratom. OJ of the EU. L13; 57:1-73(2014)
2.Howlett, D.C., Brady, A.P., Frija, G.et al.The Current Status of Uptake of European BSS Directive (2013/59/Euratom) Requirements – Results of a Pilot Survey in European Radiology Departments with a Focus on Clinical Audit.Insights Imaging10,50 (2019) doi:10.1186/s13244-019-0734-6