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.

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Radiology reporting networks – Understanding the technical options - BFCR(22)2

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This document specifies what imaging departments could link to a radiology (image and report sharing) network. It has been written by NHS radiologists with the help of industry experts; the detail is beyond what most radiologists will require but hopefully it will be of use to clinical PACS leads, PACS and IT teams when they begin to procure standards-based, vendor-neutral, seamlessly interoperable network radiology platforms (NRPs).
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The radiologist and nuclear medicine: Third edition - BFCR(22)1

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This document addresses the specific issues related to radiologists working in a nuclear medicine environment.
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Recommendations for cross-sectional imaging in cancer management, Third edition - BFCR(22)3

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Updated edition of the successful Recommendations for Cross-sectional imaging in cancer management
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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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Diagnosis of thoracic aortic dissection in the emergency department - BFCR(21)6

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The diagnosis of thoracic aortic dissection (TAD) is often difficult to establish in emergency department (ED) patients attending with chest pain. Key to making the diagnosis is the awareness among emergency physicians (EPs) of the need to consider the diagnosis in patients presenting with chest pain. EPs should also have an awareness that TAD can present subtly or in young patients and that their pain may have migrated or dissipated by the time they are seen. Surveillance data suggest that opportunities to diagnose cases of TAD are being missed in the ED, often with catastrophic consequences...
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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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