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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Guidance for appointments to specialty doctor posts - RCR(11)2

This document has been superceded by RCR(15)5: Guidance for appointments to associate specialist and specialty doctor posts.

Standards and recommendations for the reporting and interpretation of imaging investigations by non-radiologist medically qualified practitioners and teleradiologists - BFCR(11)2

This document has been superseded Standards for the reporting of imaging investigations by non-radiologist medically qualified practitioners

Guidelines for the Investigation of Newborn Infants who suffer a Sudden and Unexpected Postnatal Collapse In the First Week of Life - 2011

Funded by WellChild, a professional multidisciplinary group has developed guidelines specifically for the investigation of infants who suffer a sudden and unexpected collapse in the first week of life. These guidelines are not intended to replace the RCPCH guidance for the investigation of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy but aims to improve the likelihood of diagnosis in this group of newborn infants.

Access to imaging - BFCR(10)18

The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have issued a joint statement about their recommendations on GP open access to imaging and intervention.

Standards for the NPSA and RCR safety checklist for radiological interventions - BFCR(10)17

Please note that this guidance was withdrawn in January 2019 and replaced with Guidance on implementing safety checklists for radiological procedures, second edition

Simulation in radiology - BFCR(10)15

Following the Chief Medical Officer’s directive on simulation, there has been a drive to create simulation centres and to increase the use of simulation for teaching and assessment. Although simulation makes sense (practice makes perfect) and has worked in other environments (aviation and nuclear industries), the evidence to support its effectiveness in medical training remains limited. Intuitively, clinical radiological practice would appear to be a medical specialty in which simulation should be embedded...

Improving paediatric interventional radiology services - BFCR(10)12

For information only
This guidance is available for reference only. This is a joint report from The Royal College of Radiologists and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Safer Practice in Intrapartum Care Project: Care Bundles - 2010

Published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal College of Midwives and the National Patient Safety Agency, this document incorporates advice on Placenta praevia after previous lower-section caesarean segment. This report outlines the development and testing of care bundles for electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) and placenta praevia after previous lower segment caesarean section.

Teleradiology and outsourcing census - BFCR(10)8

A census was undertaken in October and November 2009 to inform The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and its Fellows about the current status of teleradiology and outsourcing in the UK.

Standards for the provision of teleradiology within the United Kingdom - BFCR(10)7

This document has been superseded by a second edition.

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