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    Ultrasound Transducer Decontamination – Best Practice Summary

    Date published: 23 March, 2020 Topics: Ultrasound
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    This best practice summary has been developed from the national and international guidelines and articles published over the last 5 years. It is intended to provide users of ultrasound with the information and general principles required to promote, ensure and evidence effective and safe decontamination of ultrasound machines and transducers.

    This summary is primarily related to transducer and ultrasound machine decontamination. Whilst this is important, it is not the only consideration in the overall protection of patients from infection. Consideration should also be given to all equipment and consumables, but this sits outside the remit of this summary.

    All hyperlinks were correct and active at the time of publication. When using the hyperlinks, if you are aware that any are no longer working then we would welcome notification via emal. Thanks

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    Transducer Decontamination - Best Practice Summary Poster

    Date published: 23 March, 2020 Topics: Ultrasound
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    Summary

    This summary has been developed from national and international standards. This is intended to provide information and principles to promote, ensure and evidence safe and effective decontamination of ultrasound machines and probe/transducers.

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    Guidance on using shielding on patients for diagnostic radiology applications

    Date published: 5 March, 2020 Topics: Imaging
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    Summary

    Over the last 70 years or so, it has been a common practice amongst radiological professionals to place radiation protective material directly on the surface of a patient during radiodiagnostic procedures to help reduce the dose to critical organs. This has led to
 the expectation amongst patients and professionals alike that this would continue.
 However, an increasing number of studies have raised concerns regarding the efficacy and
 effectiveness of such ‘contact shielding’.

    This has led to an inconsistency in application and, 
in some cases, friction between patients demanding shielding and professionals judging it is 
unnecessary or even potentially harmful.
Therefore a working party consisting of representatives from various UK radiological
professional bodies was established to consider the evidence‐base for patient contact
shielding and produce a consensus of opinion as to what constitutes best and agreed
 practice, with the aim of improving consistency in application of such shielding.


    This work challenges the historical perspective that using contact shielding only provides a
benefit for the patient.

    Rather it suggests that contact shielding can adversely interfere with 
the imaging (leading to a repeat test) and, if misplaced or allowed to move during an
examination, can actually lead to increased patient radiation exposure, rather than the 
reverse.

    Overall, the findings suggest that contact shielding provides minimal or no benefit
 and professionals should concentrate on other areas of radiation protection which are more 
effective in optimising the patient radiation exposure.
The recommended cessation of the widespread practice of applying patient contact
 shielding requires a major cultural change in outlook regarding radiation safety and practice 
amongst medical professionals, educators, regulators and the public alike.

    The adoption of
 these guidelines into clinical practice will therefore also require a suitable education 
programme ,which could incorporate some of the material provided here.

    Full patient shielding guidance summary. 

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    MRI Guided Radiotherapy

    Date published: 25 February, 2020 Topics: MRI, Radiotherapy ISBN: 978-1-909802-48-3
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    Summary

    The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) publishes this guidance document for the therapeutic radiography profession and education providers with an overview of the educational and professional requirements for the profession to support safe, effective use of magnetic resonance imaging in radiotherapy for the purposes of simulation or on-board radiotherapy guidance.

    Acknowledgements
    With additional thanks to Cynthia Eccles, DPhil Head of Radiotherapy Research & Developments, Consultant Research Radiographer, Radiotherapy, Christie NHS Foundation Trust

     

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    Ultrasound examination times and appointments

    Date published: 12 February, 2020 Topics: Managers, Ultrasound
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    Summary

    SCoR issues this updated guidance on ultrasound examination times and appointments (first published March 2013) which includes updated weblinks.

    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).

    Publication history
    First published - March 2013
    Updated weblinks and information - July 2015
    Updated weblinks and information - January 2020

  • The Society and College of Radiographers policy statement: Artificial Intelligence

    Date published: 24 January, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-909802-47-6
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    Summary

    This short statement of policy focuses on artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and deep learning. It outlines a policy intended to meet the expectations of the members of the Society and College of Radiographers that the Societyu will champion high quality diagnostic and radiotherapy services.

    Reference information: The Society and College of Radiographers. The Society and College of Radiographers policy statement: Artificial Intelligence, 1st edn (London: SCoR, 2020).

  • The Radiographic Assistant Practitioner’s role in Quality Control of Radiological Equipment

    Date published: 2 January, 2020 Topics: Assistant practitioners, Radiation protection
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    Summary

    This briefing details guidance on the Assistant Practitioner’s role in Quality Control (QC) of radiological equipment. It reflects the requirements of IRR17, IR(ME)R 2017 and IR(ME)R NI 2018 and has been produced in collaboration with the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

  • Guidelines for Professional Ultrasound Practice

    Date published: 10 December, 2019 Topics: Ultrasound
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    Summary

    This document is as a result of collaboration between the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) and the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS).

    Originally published in this format in December 2015 it is reviewed every year to maintain currency. This is the fourth revision and is dated December 2019, identified also by a yellow cover.

    These guidelines are not designed to be prescriptive but to inform good ultrasound practice. They provide a valuable source of information for many ultrasound related topics with active links to relevant organisations for further advice and guidance. For this fourth revision we have been able to introduce section to section links for convenience and have re-ordered the various sections of the document.

  • Student radiographers & trainee assistant practitioners as “Operators” under IR(ME)R 2017 (2018 in Northern Ireland)

    Date published: 10 December, 2019
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    Summary

    This statement explains the advice given by The College of Radiographers that student radiographers and trainee assistant practitioners should not be entitled as “Operators” under the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IR(ME)R) 2017 and IR(ME)R NI 2018.

  • Getting into Research: A Guide for Members of the Society of Radiographers

    Date published: 27 November, 2019 Topics: Researchers ISBN: 978-1-909802-46-9
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    Summary

    Getting into Research: A Guide for Members of the Society of Radiographers is a research starter pack for 2019/2020 and beyond. This guide will provide a good starting point for any member wishing to ‘get into research’. Research is all of our business, and developing our research capacity and capabilities as a profession is important to ensure we offer the best service and healthcare outcomes for our patients based on the highest quality evidence. The purpose of this guide is to provide an aid and support mechanism for members, and to enable their roles in research. It will be valuable for SoR members interested in embedding research activities into their roles, and for those taking the first steps towards developing a clinical academic career.

    Reference information: The Society and College of Radiographers. Getting into Research: A Guide for Members of the Society of Radiographers, 2nd edn (London: SCoR, 2019).

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