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  • Performing CT colonography in the early recovery phase of Covid-19 pandemic

    Date published: 14 May, 2020 Topics: CT
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    Summary

    Jointly created by the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (BSGAR) and the SoR, the document provides advice on carrying out CTC and maintaining safe systems of work. This is a practical document to support staff in delivering a safe CTC service to patients as we move into the endemic phase of Covid-19.

    It should be considered in conjunction with local policies and procedures and interpreted for local use. Departments should develop their own systems of work in liaison with relevant professional groups, notably local infectious disease and virology teams and pharmacy leads.

    These guidelines should be implemented in conjunction with the updated 2020 BSGAR CTC Standards and the SoR National Best Practice Guidelines for the CT Colonography Service.

  • Diagnostic Radiography Workforce UK Census 2019

    Date published: 11 May, 2020 Topics: Chest, CT, Imaging, Managers, MRI, PET, Surveys, Ultrasound, X-ray ISBN: 978-1-909802-41-4
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    Summary

    Each year the Society and College of Radiographers undertakes a UK-wide diagnostic radiography workforce census to gain intelligence about the clinical imaging radiography workforce. The 2019 census continues to show some high vacancy rates, particularly in England

    At the time of writing, we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This unprecedented crisis has reinforced the need for an adequately resourced, trained, flexible and responsive radiography workforce.

    As we continue to meet the challenges and consequences for imaging services during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, it is undoubtedly an opportunity for the profession to influence governments. We urge service leaders to work with key stakeholders in regional networks to develop clear plans to support the growth of the workforce to meet the population’s needs at the local level. 

  • Screening restart: Guidance for safe service provision during Covid-19 pandemic and post pandemic phase

    Date published: 6 May, 2020 Topics: Screening ISBN: 978-1-909802-53-7
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    Summary

    The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), in collaboration with the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), has produced this joint guidance to support the restarting of screening services involving imaging during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document offers guidance to members and providers. It supports ‘paused’ or ‘stopped’ services to recommence safely, protecting staff and clients.

    The guidance within this document is to inform local policy decisions with regard to the delivering of screening services, to ensure that providers meet government recommendations, while still providing client-centred care within the challenging environments of the COVID-19 pandemic and post pandemic (endemic) stage. All staff should work to the same local policy, to provide a consistent service to clients.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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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