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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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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Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and guidelines on diagnostic display devices, third edition - BFCR(19)2

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Diagnostic images are reviewed in multiple settings and the specific requirements for diagnostic display devices are outlined dependent on whether this is primary diagnostic work, clinical review work or mobile review of radiology images. The importance of the viewing environment – physical and ergonomic – should always be taken into consideration alongside the performance of the diagnostic display devices. The current guidance incorporates relevant areas of and supersedes Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and quality assurance, second edition, which is now withdrawn. This...
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Guidance on implementing safety checklists for radiological procedures, second edition - BFCR(19)1

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The use of checklists can help to prevent incidents and should be part of a culture of patient safety. This guidance highlights key considerations when writing and implementing safety checklists.
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Clinical radiology UK workforce census 2017 report - BFCR(18)5

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The annual workforce census results provides vital, highly detailed information that can be used to highlight to the Government and policy makers the increasing disparity between demands being placed on radiology departments and the workforce available to provide this.
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Setting up a regional or national radiology digital teaching archive - BFCR(18)4

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Expert advice on the technical requirement to facilitate submission of cases to regional or national teaching archives
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Standards for angiography and image-guided endovascular interventions - BFCR(18)3

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This guidance covers the end-to-end process of delivering safe angoigraphy and endovascular interventional services, including patient care from pre- to post-procedure, facilities and patient hand over
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Sedation, analgesia and anaesthesia in the radiology department, second edition - BFCR(18)2

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This document provides a detailed overview of the issues associated with the use of sedation, anaesthesia and analgesia in the radiology department to help ensure that safe practices are in place
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Standards for interpretation and reporting of imaging investigations, Second edition - BFCR(18)1

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This document replaces the 2006 first edition and provides an update to the standards that should be attained by any doctor or healthcare professional providing a report on an imaging investigation

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