The EuroSafe Imaging Stars initiative has been running since 2016 with the aim of identifying imaging facilities in Europe and beyond that embody best practice in radiation protection and that are committed to putting the principles and concepts of the European Society of Radiology into practice. In addition, the initiative has helped to raise awareness of quality and safety related aspects in radiology, in particular the new requirements of the European Basic Safety Standards Directive (Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom).
The publication of the EuroSafe Imaging Call...
Description of activity and work performed
To become a member of the EuroSafe Imaging Star network, an imaging department is required to complete an online application form consisting of 21 criteria, covering the topics of optimisation, justification, quality and safety, education, research, and regulatory compliance. For criteria on the use of dose management systems, diagnostic reference levels (DRLs), imaging referral guidelines, operational Clinical Decision Support (CDS), the availability of patient information on radiation issues, clinical audit programmes, and information on radiation protection research activities, specific evidence needs to be provided in...
Conclusion and recommendations
The EuroSafe Imaging Stars network has continued to grow in 2019 and will continue to be promoted throughout 2020.
As of December 2019, there are a total of 128 EuroSafe Imaging Stars, of which 110 are rated as 5 stars, 16 as 4 stars and 2 as 3 stars. This represents a growth of 24 institutions in the past year.
J. Nagl; Vienna/AT - nothing to disclose L. Bonomo; Rome/IT - nothing to disclose G. P. Frija; Paris/FR - nothing to disclose