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EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action 2018

The European Society of Radiology and the EuroSafe Imaging Steering Committee issued the EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action, a 13-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.


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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). The conference identified responsibilities and proposed priorities for stakeholders regarding radiation protection in medicine.


By implementing the following 13 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!


EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action 2018

Action 1: Disseminate guidelines and develop implementation policies for a clinical decision support system (ESR iGuide) in Europe
Action 2: Develop clinical diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) for adults and children
Action 3: Develop image quality assessment based on clinical indications
Action 4: Promote dose management systems to establish local, national, and European DRLs
Action 5: Develop performance indicators for radiation protection management
Action 6: Implement a clinical audit tool for imaging to improve the quality of patient care
Action 7: Radiation protection of children: develop guidance for good and safe use of imaging, and for effective communication
Action 8: Organise radiation protection training courses and develop e-learning material to promote a safety culture and raise awareness on radiation protection
Action 9: Support research in advanced topics of radiation protection, e.g. artificial intelligence, and facilitate the
dissemination and translation into clinical practice of this research
Action 10: Strengthen the EuroSafe Imaging Stars network of imaging centres that embody best practice in radiation protection
Action 11: Establish a dialogue with industry regarding improvement of radiological equipment, the use of up-to-date
equipment (e.g. dose management systems) and the harmonisation of exposure indicators
Action 12: Improve information for and communication with patients about radiological procedures, related benefits and possible risks
Action 13: Engage with stakeholders and collaborate with related initiatives and regulatory authorities in Europe and beyond to contribute to a global safety culture in medical imaging

Last updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018