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iRefer: Making the best use of clinical radiology
iRefer is the essential radiological investigation guidelines tool, from The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR).
Formerly referred to as Making the best use of clinical radiology services (MBUR), the updated seventh edition helps referring GPs, radiographers, clinicians and other healthcare professionals to determine the most appropriate imaging investigation(s) or intervention for a given diagnostic or imaging problem. It provides practical guidance based on the best available evidence, together with expert medical and radiological opinion.
Accessing the guidelines
Members and Fellows
Members and Fellows of The Royal College of Radiologists can access the guidelines via the RCR website.
Access for UK NHS professionals
The latest edition of The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR's) imaging referral guidelines, iRefer, is now available to all NHS professionals in the UK - please see below for further details on how to access the guidelines depending on your location.
iRefer - England
iRefer - Northern Ireland
The Royal College of Radiologists iRefer guidelines are now available via the N3 (NHS) network within England.
We are pleased to announce that iRefer is now available in Northern Ireland via the HSC Business Services (BSO) intranet. Any support queries should be directed to Nicky Harvey
iRefer - Scotland
The guidelines are available at: http://www.irefer.scot.nhs.uk/ If you are accessing the site from an authorised NHS Scotland site then going to this web address will take you into the guidelines. If the location that you are accessing the site from is not authorised, you will be presented with an access request form. Complete the form with your details and support staff will verify the form and action your request. Any queries should be sent to Gavin Venters
iRefer - Wales
iRefer is now available for all NHS professionals in Wales on the NHS Wales e-library intranet site. To access:
- Users should select Supporting your decisions/Clinical Guidelines
- Choose Royal College of Radiologists Referral Guidelines (Version 7)
- Accept the terms and conditions. You should be logged automatically into the guidelines.
If you have any difficulties accessing the guidelines, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not a member or Fellow of the RCR, or work within the NHS in the UK, the guidelines are available to purchase as an online version (various pricing options are available depending on the number of users required); an app (available for Android or iPhone) or a booklet.
If you have any queries, please contact: email@example.com
The process used to produce the guidelines was accredited by NHS Evidence of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in June 2010.