The Society and College of Radiographers (SoR | CoR) and the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) are pleased to announce the launch of joint guidance which defines the education and training required for all members of the multi-professional team who report CXRs within a clinical imaging service.
Clinical imaging services play a pivotal role in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of various disease processes and injuries. Patients are referred to imaging services for assistance in both diagnosis and deciding on the best subsequent management of a patient’s condition. Imaging services are therefore vital for the delivery of effective health and social care.
Chest radiographs are a high-volume test, with nearly 7 million performed annually in England. Patients who have a chest X-ray (CXR) performed require accurate and timely results.
It is expected that other CXR reporters operating outside of a clinical imaging service should follow the same standards for education and training to ensure that they are trained to the same level of overall competence. Any practitioner who is reporting an adult CXR formally should fulfil the criteria in this document.
We would like to thank Health Education England (HEE), now part of NHS England, for their financial support and recognition of this important four-nation work, along with representatives from the RCR, SoR | CoR, British Society of Thoracic Imaging and the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging for their involvement in this project.