EuroSafe Imaging 2020
Not applicable, Quality assurance, Dosimetric comparison, Health policy and practice, Dosimetry, Computer Applications-General, Teleradiology, CT, Radioprotection / Radiation dose, Management, Action 8 - Radiation protection training and learning material
With the current actions in radiation protection the focus is on improving the safety culture with an holistic and interprofessional approach aiming at building trust between patients and all involved healthcare professionals. The Radiation Protection Subcommittee of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) has decided on a workplan for addressing the 10 most relevant activities (numbered in the order of implementation) to provide best image quality and to present radiology as one of the medical disciplines with the highest safety standards. These actions are also intended for helping radiologists to become fit for mastering artificial intelligence. Technological advances and workflow improvements allow to use low-dose and recently ultra-low-dose techniques. Recent key issues with the emphasis on CT, paediatric imaging and interventional radiology will be stepwise disseminated via the communication channels (social media, newsletter and, after all, the radiology report) of the ESR Radiation Protection Subcommittee and the EuroSafe Imaging initiative (Fig. 1). The Subcommittee’s activities are done in close collaboration with the successful EuroSafe Imaging Initiative, http://www.eurosafeimaging.org/.
In a recent ESR survey about “The Current Status of Uptake of European BSS Directive (2013/59/Euratom) Requirements”, the results demonstrated the need for actions to support implementation of the BSS Directive. According to the EuroSafe imaging call for action 2018 (especially actions 8 and 13, http://www.eurosafeimaging.org/about/call-for-action) and to the IAEA Bonn Call-for-Action (Joint Position Statement by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the WHO, 2012), the communication and cooperation among regulatory authorities, health authorities and professional societies, different medical disciplines, patient representatives, and last not least the industry is mandatory. All activities listed here are basing on the White paper on radiation protection by the European Society of Radiology (Insights into Imaging, 2011; 2:357–36).
Cooperations exist with CIRSE for dealing with overexposure in interventional radiology and with EURAMED (European Alliance for Radiation Protection Research www.euramed.eu).