BIR response to COMARE report on radiation dose

The British Institute of Radiology (BIR) welcomes the report by the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) on patient radiation dose issues resulting from the use of CT in the UK, published 14 August 2014.

Professor Andrew Jones, President of the BIR, said “This COMARE report provides a welcome reminder of the importance of optimising the use of ionising radiation to ensure the maximum benefit to patients. This requires a concerted effort from a range of healthcare professionals including physicists, radiographers and radiologists. The report stresses the need for ongoing reviews of patient doses and warns against complacency, adding that continuing professional development in this area is vital for the professionals mentioned above. The BIR endorses this report, whilst recognising the already large benefit that CT scanning provides to the UK population.”

The BIR Radiation Protection Special Interest Group are meeting to form a detailed formal response to the report and action plan.

Download full BIR statement here

Download full COMARE report here

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