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  • Radiation Dermatitis Guidelines for Radiotherapy Healthcare Professionals

    Date published: 5 May, 2020 Topics: Radiotherapy ISBN: 978-1-909802-49-0
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    Summary

    Skin reactions from external beam radiotherapy are a common side effect of treatment and may cause distress to some patients; a skin reaction may also be a factor that can limit radiation dose and treatment schedules.It has been widely acknowledged that despite the publication of a number of best practice guidelines for skin care, radiotherapy departmental practice with respect to the prevention and management of acute radiotherapy and skin toxicity has been slow to change. A wide variety of methods and topical applications are still utilised at a local level, often with very little or no evidence base.

    Hence, the purpose of this current review was to determine if new research evidence had emerged that could improve skin care practices in radiotherapy.

    This systematic review aimed to assess the effectiveness of interventions and practices that may prevent, reduce (or alter) radiation induced skin reactions (RISRs) in patients undergoing external beam radiotherapy for cancer, with an emphasis on research published since November 2014.

    Radiotherapy Skin Reactions Information for Patients A5 leaflet (for professional print only) 

    Radiotherapy Skin Reactions Information for Radiotherapy Healthcare Professionals A5 leaflet (for professional print only)

    Radiotherapy Skin Reactions Information for Patients A4 leaflet (standard print)

    Radiotherapy Skin Reactions Information for Radiotherapy Healthcare Professionals A4 leaflet (standard print)

    Radiotherapy Skin Reactions Information for Patients A4 leaftet fold (professional print) 

    Radiotherapy Skin Reactions Information for Patients A4 leaftet fold (standard print)

  • Covid-19: ‘Can I work on a diagnostic CT scanner as a therapeutic radiographer?’

    Date published: 29 April, 2020 Topics: CT ISBN: 978-1-909802-52-0
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    Summary

    The Society and College of Radiographers has received requests from members about the need for clarification on whether a therapeutic radiographer who uses CT as part of radiotherapy planning for cancer patients, can then also use a diagnostic CT scanner to image non-cancer patients with the aim to diagnose other conditions.

    SCoR does not advocate this change in or transfer of skills for any therapeutic radiographer to ‘effectively’ work as a diagnostic radiographer.

  • Obstetric ultrasound examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Date published: 27 April, 2020 Topics: Ultrasound ISBN: 978-1-909802-51-3
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    Summary

    The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), in collaboration with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS), has produced this joint statement on the recording of ultrasound examinations and the use of private ultrasound providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, to offer guidance to members, providers and service users.

    Guidance supports local policy decisions in ultrasound departments and private practice, to ensure that government recommendations are met, while still providing woman-centred care with all staff working to the same local policy, to provide a consistent service to women.

  • Ultrasound Transducer Decontamination – Best Practice Summary

    Date published: 23 March, 2020 Topics: Ultrasound
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    Summary

    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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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 ISBN: 978-1-909802-55-1
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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).

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