The demand for medical imaging examinations is constantly growing, and safety and quality are more important than ever for the good use of radiology. The European Society of Radiology (ESR) has taken a major step in this direction with the official launch of its EuroSafe Imaging campaign during the recent ECR meeting.
The new campaign, which brings together many stakeholders, will strengthen medical radiation protection across Europe following a holistic approach, according to ESR President, Prof. Guy Frija from Paris, France. “The campaign focuses on promoting appropriateness in medical imaging, maintaining doses within diagnostic reference levels and emphasising the need to promote the use of up-to-date equipment,” he said.
The need to support the implementation of European Directives on medical radiation protection has never been greater than today with patient radiation exposure rising, according to the ESR’s Chairman of the Radiation Protection Subcommittee, Prof. Peter Vock from Spiegel, Switzerland. EuroSafe Imaging is a campaign designed to meet the needs of the present, he said. The purpose is to promote the appropriate and safe use of imaging, as well as the utilisation of features in dose efficient equipment, through cooperation with stakeholders to ensure a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to radiation protection.
EuroSafe Imaging is run by a steering committee, which is composed of delegates from the ESR, subspecialty societies, related medical professions, patient groups, and the industry, along with an observer from the European Commission. Patient groups play a key role in the campaign, as patient communication on radiation protection is one of its major objectives.
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