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  • Sale of Images, Determination of Fetal Sex and Commercial Aspects Related to NHS Obstetric Ultrasound Examinations (Second Edition)

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED – View the latest version Date published: 24 April, 2015 Topics: Managers, Ultrasound
  • Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000: briefing for radiographers who undertake commenting or reporting

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED – View the latest version Date published: 3 February, 2015 Topics: Radiation protection, Reporting
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    SCoR issues this briefing to make clear that “clinical evaluation” is a role carried out by an “Operator” under IR(ME)R. Radiographers who either undertake initial image interpretation (commenting) or full reporting need to be aware that IR(ME)R requires them to be appropriately trained for the role

  • Skin care advice for patients undergoing radical external beam megavoltage radiotherapy

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED Date published: 12 January, 2015


    This clinical practice guideline is a set of evidence-based recommendations to assist radiographers, radiotherapy nurses, and the wider radiotherapy workforce, in advising patients how to care for their skin whilst undergoing a course of radical external beam radiotherapy (excluding proton therapy). It has been developed systematically using the best available evidence from research and expert opinion and subjected to peer, professional, and lay assessment. The guideline has recommendations for evidence based practice for individual practitioners, service managers, academic institutions and the Society and College of Radiographers. 
  • Work Related Musculo-Skeletal Disorders (Sonographers)

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED – View the latest version Date published: 8 October, 2014 Topics: Health & safety, Managers, Ultrasound, X-ray


    The Society and College of Radiographers receives many enquiries from sonographers about work related musculo-skeletal disorders (WRMSD). The following is a compilation of some of the answers that Nigel Thomson (Professional Officer for Ultrasound) and Lyn West-Wigley (Policy Officer: Health and Safety) have given. It provides a broad overview of the subject and gives links to more definitive documentation and advice. A new section on scanning the high BMI patient has been included in this second edition following several enquiries.

  • Ultrasound Training, Employment, Registration and Professional Indemnity Insurance

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED Date published: 16 July, 2014 Topics: Managers, Ultrasound


    The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) receives many enquiries that relate either to training in ultrasound, employment or registration. Many of these enquiries are from sonographers who have trained overseas or would like to undertake ultrasound training in the United Kingdom (UK). It is hoped that the following will answer many of the more common queries.

  • Proton Beam Therapy - Interim Guidance

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED – View the latest version Date published: 28 February, 2014 Topics: Education accreditation, Managers, Radiotherapy

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    SCoR publishes this interim guidance and advice document to provide members and education providers with an overview of the likely educational and professional requirements for the effective delivery of a proton beam therapy service.

  • Independent Practitioners: standards and guidance

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED Date published: 19 February, 2014 Topics: Independent practitioners, Managers, Ultrasound ISBN: 978-1-909802-01-8


    This document was archived on 4th December 2018. Advice on independent practice can be found at  Section 1.21.
    There is also information at

    The term Independent Practitioner encompasses all those members of SCoR who are healthcare practitioners (whether registered with a regulatory body or not) and who are not directly classed as employees. They provide services to Healthcare Commissioners, Trusts and Health Boards, corporate medical companies and, in some cases, directly to members of the public who may self-refer. These services include diagnostic imaging, screening, Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA), therapy and education. Independent practitioner members may, for example, be self-employed, partners, company directors, franchisors or franchisees. The SCoR supports the role of the independent practitioner and recognises the need for policies to enable them to provide highly professional standards of care. This document provides guidelines for professional practice for members who are working within the definition stated above; it does not directly apply to employees of independent providers.

  • The Recording of Images by Patients during Diagnostic Imaging (including screening) and Radiotherapy.

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED – View the latest version Date published: 2 January, 2014 Topics: Managers, Ultrasound


    The Society and College of Radiographers has been made aware of an increasing number of requests by patients (and/or those accompanying them) to take photographs or videos of the image on the screen,  the overall examination or treatment by using mobile phones and other devices. This document combines separate but related advice for general diagnostic imaging and obstetric ultrasound which has been previously published by the SCoR. It is extended in scope to include all members of the professional workforce for diagnostic imaging or radiotherapy and also now includes references to social media. 

  • Ultrasound examination times and appointments

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED – View the latest version Date published: 14 March, 2013 Topics: Managers, Ultrasound


    The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) is aware that sonographers working for some NHS Trusts, Health Boards or other Imaging Service Providers are coming under increasing pressure to reduce the time allowed for ultrasound examination appointments. In addition, there have also been instances where extra appointments have been added prospectively to a booked list as a way of compensating for patients who do not attend (DNA).

  • Safety in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED Date published: 14 March, 2013 Topics: MRI ISBN: 1-871101-95-6


    SCoR and BAMRR issue this guidance and advice document on safety issues in MRI. This second edition updates the 2007 document and provides direction on where appropriate information can be found.


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