Publications and standards

RCR guidance and standards cover a wide range of topics including the delivery of high-quality radiology services, guidance on good practice, use of information technology resources and workforce reports. Electronic copies of the majority of our publications are available to download free of charge. 

All of our guidance and standards are drafted by working parties including Fellows and members of the RCR.

Publications are reviewed regularly by the Clinical Radiology Professional Support and Standards Board to ensure that they remain relevant and up to date.

If you need further help please contact us by emailing: publications@rcr.ac.uk

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Review of molecular radiotherapy services in the UK - RCR(21)$

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This document provides the four nations with a comprehensive, pragmatic blueprint to allow the development of molecular radiotherapy services in preparation for the new agents which are soon to arrive.
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Radiological guidance for the recognition and reporting of osteoporotic vertebral fragility fractures (VFFs) - BFCR(21)5

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This dedicated guidance is designed to facilitate radiological recognition and actionable reporting of vertebral fragility fractures
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Vetting (triaging) and cancellation of inappropriate radiology requests - BFCR(21)4

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Radiologist review of imaging requests prevents unnecessary radiation, inappropriate and duplicate examinations and makes the overall delivery of radiological services both safer and more efficient.
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Clinical radiology UK workforce census 2020 report - BFCR(21)3

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Produced yearly, the census report provides robust data on the state of the clinical radiology consultant workforce in the UK. The findings are essential reading for local and national workforce planners and are the cornerstone of RCR policy.
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Integrating artificial intelligence with the radiology reporting workflows (RIS and PACS) - BFCR(21)2

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This guidance sets out the standards that a department should meet when integrating AI into already established systems, producing a safe seamless system with the patients at the centre
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Standards of practice for computed tomography colonography (CTC) Joint guidance from the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology and The Royal College of Radiologists - BFCR(21)1

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Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK with over 42,300 cases a year and CTC provides a well-tolerated test which, when performed well, has a high sensitivity for the diagnosis of carcinoma. However, we know there is huge variability in the way this examination is performed. This document sets out the standards which ensure delivery of the highest quality of examination and sensitivity for disease detection. This joint guidance from the RCR and British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology defines: Technical and process standards for CTC (‘what to do’)...
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IR(ME)R: Implications for clinical practice in diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology and diagnostic nuclear medicine - BFCR(20)3

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This guidance seeks to explain how the requirements of the regulations should be interpreted and used in practice
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Clinical radiology UK workforce census 2019 report - BFCR(20)2

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Workforce shortages in clinical radiology are increasing year-on-year, resulting in delayed diagnoses for patients, and negatively impacting patient care. Read the full census report to find out more about the current state of UK radiology services.
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Standards for radiology events and learning meetings - BFCR(20)1

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This document emphasises the educational role of Radiology Events and Learning Meetings (REALMs) where radiological discrepancies are anonymously reviewed alongside examples of excellence. It is inevitable that, with hindsight, often combined with additional information, discrepancies or excellent spots will be acknowledged in the original interpretation of a study. Not all discrepancies should be seen as ‘errors’ and excellent diagnoses are equally as important in a learning environment. It is worth noting that not all discrepancies are errors, nor will they require a duty of candour process...
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Guidance on maintaining patient confidentiality when using radiology department information systems, second edition - BFCR(19)10

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This guidance provides information about what to do in commonly encountered data-sharing situations to ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained

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