Seven questions to ask before requesting imaging exams


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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The Heads of the European Radiological Protection Competent Authorities (HERCA) has launched a new campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the availability and appropriate use of medical radiological examinations.

The campaign entitled 'Getting the right image for my patient' was launched to coincide with International Day of Radiology and sets out seven questions to consider before requesting imaging examinations. It also highlights simple reflections and arguments which it says can be readily put forward during consultations. 

These are as follows: 

  • If I have already made a diagnosis, what is the added value of a radiological examination?
  • Should my patient have another radiological examination if one has been done recently?
  • Should I refer my patient for an X-ray or CT if another examination can be done that does not use ionising radiation?
  • Is my patient aware that a CT is not without risk?
  • How can I ensure that my patient receives the most appropriate imaging examination?
  • Why is it important to ask if pregnancy is a possibility?
  • What should I consider before referring a child for an imaging examination?

The campaign information is available online in multiple languages.