Patient shielding guidance

5 March 2020

Guidance on using contact shielding on patients for diagnostic radiology applications

The British Institute of Radiology has published evidence-based guidance on why contact shielding for patients is no longer needed during most X-rays, CT scans and interventional radiology.

The guidance gives clarity and evidence to explain why the use of patient contact shielding to protect critical organs is no longer necessary for patients.

This is a joint report of the British Institute of Radiology, Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, Public Health England, Royal College of Radiologists, Society and College of Radiographers and the Society for Radiological Protection.

Information which explains to patients why they no longer need shielding is available to download below.

Radiographer talking to patient

Download the Executive Summary here

Download the Patient Guidance full report here

Patient shielding guidance front cover


Information for patients

This A4 double-sided flyer is available for you to download, print and share. Please note do not select "fit to page" on your printer, to avoid a white border.

BIR Patient Shielding Folded A4 Flyer _FINAL 1

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