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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Clinical radiology UK workforce census 2016 report - BFCR(17)6

The radiologist workforce remains the key focus for the RCR; the data collected in the census underpin our work to influence UK healthcare policy and to make the case to governments and regulatory bodies to increase clinical radiologist training numbers.

Lifelong learning and building teams using peer feedback - BFCR(17)5

For information only
This guidance is available for information only. This document outlines the processes and benefits of using both peer review and peer feedback within radiology departments.

The radiological investigation of suspected physical abuse in children - BFCR(17)4

This guidance has been produced to assist referring clinicians, paediatricians, radiologists, radiographers and nuclear medicine technologists who are requesting, performing or reporting on imaging in cases of suspected physical abuse in children.

Ultrasound training recommendations for medical and surgical specialties, Third edition - BFCR(17)3

This document makes recommendations for ultrasound training in a broad range of areas to help ensure that ultrasound training is of the same high standard for both medical non-radiologists and radiologists.

iRefer: making the best use of clinical radiology, eighth edition - BFCR(17)2

The essential radiological investigation guidelines from The Royal College of Radiologists. This edition: Conforms to the highest evidence-based standards Protects the patient from unnecessary ionising radiation Supports early diagnosis, which can shorten patient management pathways Provides recommendations based on current, evidence-based guidelines, focusing on those most relevant to primary and emergency care Provides the evidence base for which imaging resources can be used efficiently and effectively, while providing a rational basis to ensure the best use of time and other resources in...

Interventional oncology: guidance for service delivery, second edition - RCR(17)2

Outlining best practice in interventional oncology, looking at current models of practice, clarifying areas of responsibility and the importance of the interventional radiology procedures being part of the multidisciplinary care pathway of patients

Standards for providing a 24-hour interventional radiology service, second edition - BFCR(17)1

This guidance is for reference only. Access to interventional radiology services is necessary to ensure patient safety. This document will help you to ensure you have a safe 24 hour interventional radiology service.

Standards for the provision of teleradiology within the United Kingdom, second edition - BFCR(16)8

This updated teleradiology guidance sets out the standards for the sharing of imaging data and for outsourcing reporting outside of the local healthcare organisation.
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Continuing professional development (CPD) scheme, Fourth edition - RCR(16)2

Describing the RCR CPD scheme for doctors who have completed their specialist training and are working in clinical oncology or clinical radiology.

Who shares wins: efficient, collaborative radiology solutions - RCR(16)4

This document has been withdrawn. For current RCR guidance on this topic, please see Radiology reporting networks – Understanding the technical options

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