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New guidelines published for radiologists and radiographers

Monday 12th June 2017
The Royal College of Radiologists has published new guidance for the UKs radiographers and radiologists. Image: Bojan89 via iStock
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The Royal College of Radiologists has published new guidelines for radiographers and radiologists in the UK to help them make better-informed decisions about which types of imaging technology are the most appropriate to use in various situations.
Known as iRefer8, the updated guidance marks the eighth revision to date of guidelines that were originally introduced in 1989 and its production has been overseen by more than 300 experts in the radiology field.
iRefer8 features advice on over 20 new aspects of imaging referral, including in relation to lung cancer screening, as well as scans for ovarian cysts, fibroid disease and the detection of male breast lumps.
In addition, the new version of the guidelines allows healthcare professionals to create a 'MyRefer' list of guidance relevant to their practice, while it also includes various best practice advice from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence and international radiology leaders.
iRefer8 also features an improved search function that allows users to search for advice relating to specific keywords, specialties or Radiology Information System codes.
Dr Nicola Strickland, president of the Royal College of Radiologists, commented: "The new version of iRefer puts prevailing imaging best practice straight into the hands of busy clinicians. Our rigorously evidence-based guidelines are designed to steer clinicians towards getting the most appropriate and cost-effective tests requested first time.
"Using iRefer guidelines to ensure best practice gives clinicians the potential to diagnose earlier, reduce unnecessary testing and streamline referrals."
She added that the new guidelines are also designed to help provide quicker and more accurate diagnoses to patients, subsequently reducing their stress levels, as well as their exposure to potentially harmful radiation during the diagnostic process.
The college has developed the updated guidance with several other initiatives in mind, including the Realising Realistic Medicine Review conducted by the Scottish chief medical officer and the Choosing Wisely campaign that is being run by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.
Written by Megan Smith
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