Guidance on the use of patient images obtained as part of standard care for teaching, training and research

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Each day, millions of images are acquired in radiology departments; while these are primarily used for patient care, they are also used for teaching and research, and shared between healthcare providers to improve diagnosis and follow-up. It is important that the anonymity of the patient is protected and maintained when using their images outside of direct care. This document is intended to guide decision-making when using images acquired as part of patient care for education, research and service delivery planning.

Although some circumstances when consent is not mandatory are described, this does not preclude the need for ethical approval for research.