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Imaging equipment from procurement to installation and commissioning: The role of the medical physicist

Date: 2023

The procurement, installation and commissioning of imaging equipment is a lengthy process requiring a multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach.

This brief guidance is written by Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) experts in medical imaging physics on behalf of the Clinical Imaging Board (IPEM, RCR and College of Radiographers).

The guidance is for project teams to ensure the inclusion of key personnel completion of key steps in the process, to avoid common mistakes and to ensure compliance with current guidance and legislation (see Appendix C). The other appendices provide more detailed advice for imaging equipment employing ionising radiation (Appendix A) and magnetic resonance imaging (Appendix B).

The guidance covers seven main steps in the process: Appointment of essential medical physics personnel, Pre-procurement, Procurement, Project initiation, Project design, Construction and installation, Commissioning and acceptance.