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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IT guidance: Ergonomics - BFCR(12)7

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Guidance on the ergonomics of workstations for radiologists.

Writing a good business case - BFCR(12)5

Guidance on what makes a successful business case for radiology.

Sources of advice to members and Fellows who are subject to litigation - RCR(12)1

This position statement provides guidance on where doctors facing litigation can find help, support and useful resources.

Evidence-based indications for the use of PET-CT in the United Kingdom 2012 - BFCR(12)3

Please note that this publication has been superseded by Evidence-based indications for the use of PET-CT in the UK 2016

iRefer: Making the best use of clinical radiology - BFCR(12)2

iRefer is the essential radiological investigation guidelines tool, from The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR). Formerly referred to as Making the best use of clinical radiology services ( MBUR ), the updated seventh edition helps referring GPs, radiographers, clinicians and other healthcare professionals to determine the most appropriate imaging investigation(s) or intervention for a given diagnostic or imaging problem. It provides practical guidance based on the best available evidence, together with expert medical and radiological opinion. This edition of the guidelines contains many new...

Good practice guide for clinical radiologists, Second edition - BFCR(12)1

This best practice guidance is an essential resource to help you in this process and describes what are your individual responsibilities as well as those of the organisation in which you work.

Consensus guidelines for the safe prescription and administration of oral bowel-cleansing agents - 2012

A Rapid Response Report was issued by the National Patient Safety Agency in February 2009, alerting healthcare providers to the potential risk of harm associated with the use of oral bowel cleansing preparations. As a result, draft patient safety guidelines were prepared to help in the first of the recommendations, relating to clinical assessment, produced by the Association for Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland for The Royal College of Surgeons, the British Society of Gasteroenterology, the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology, The Renal Association and The...

Providing expert advice to the court: guidance for members and Fellows, Second edition - RCR(11)4

Fellows and members should contact their medical defence organisations for up to date advice in this area or contact the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (

Paediatric radiology experts - BFCR(11)9

This statement looks at issues faced by paediatric radiologists both as general radiologists working in district general hospitals and also those who provide specialist second opinions at tertiary centres, and demonstrates how The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) proposes to support them.

Management of Incidental Findings Detected During Research Imaging - BFCR(11)8

The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and the Scottish Imaging Network: A Platform for Scientific Excellence (SINAPSE) led a UK-wide initiative, supported by the Wellcome Trust, which has resulted in the publication of a report, Management of Incidental Findings Detected During Research Imaging , which is enclosed. Imaging plays an essential role in medical research. Unexpected or incidental abnormal findings arising in the course of imaging research are common; around 3% to 12% in brain imaging and up to 30% in body imaging. Such unexpected findings can have profound implications for a...

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