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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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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Guidance on screening and symptomatic breast imaging, Fourth edition - BFCR(19)9

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This document includes guidance on the screening and sympotmatic breast imaging incorporating changes in practice resulting from the role of imaging, image-guided diagnosis and intervention.
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Provision of interventional radiology services, Second edition - BFCR(19)8

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Interventional radiology has revolutionised patient care in a wide range of diseases. It has produced major improvements in safe, patient-focused care and is cost effective. Many surgical procedures have been replaced or enhanced by the provision of IR services, as well as allowing new treatments for patients that were not previously feasible. The provision of IR services remains variable, with many hospitals having limited, or in some instances, no direct access, this is particularly true out of hours. This document demonstrates the range of services offered by interventional radiologists...
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Guidance on gadolinium-based contrast agent administration to adult patients - BFCR(19)4

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This guidance looks in depth at important issues around the administration of gadolinium-based contrast agents to adult patients.
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Clinical radiology UK workforce census report 2018 - BFCR(19)3

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The RCR annual clinical radiology workforce census provides comprehensive, accurate and timely data on the UK clinical radiology workforce. The RCR has carried out workforce censuses annually since 2008 (except 2013). Census and training data are used by the RCR to monitor key workforce trends, forecast future numbers of consultant clinical radiologists, and highlight any gaps between the workforce supply and the demand for diagnostic and interventional radiology. Findings from the Clinical Radiology UK Workforce Census Report 2018 and 2018 key findings graphic are concerning: while the...

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