7 December 2018 – The Portuguese Edition of the document “Communicating Radiation Risks in Paediatric Imaging” (in Portuguese: “Comunicar os Riscos da Radiação em Imagiologia Pediátrica“) is now available. It will be launched at a seminar to be held in Coimbra, Portugal, on 12th December 2018, hosted by the Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra (ESTeSC/ Coimbra Health School).
24 July 2018 -- WHO organized a webinar in cooperation with the Latin-American Network of Radiation Protection in Medicine to present the Spanish Edition of this document . It was entitled “Communication Strategies and Tools to Support Ris-Benefit Dialogue in Pediatric Radiology” (in Spanish: “Estrategias y Herramientas de Comunicacion para Apoyar el Dialogo Riesgo-Beneficio en el Ambito de la Radiologia Pediatrica”)
WHO is conducting a Global Initiative on Radiation Safety in Health Care Settings to mobilize the health sector towards safe and effective use of radiation in medicine. By integrating radiation protection into the concepts of good medical practice and health care service quality, this initiative provides a platform for collaboration between health authorities, radiation protection regulators, international agencies, professional societies, patient networks, scientific bodies, academic institutions and other stakeholders to improve the implementation of radiation safety standards in healthcare settings.
April 2018 -- Dialogue with patients and families is particularly relevant in the field of paediatric imaging. Accurate and effective radiation risk communication is also necessary between health care providers who request or perform radiological medical procedures in children. The WHO document Communicating radiation risks in paediatric imaging: information to support health care discussions about benefit and risk is intended to serve as a tool for health care providers to communicate known or potential radiation risks associated with paediatric imaging procedures, to support risk-benefit dialogue in health care settings. WHO launched this document at a Webinar held on 22 April 2016.
Imaging for medical purposes involves a team which includes the service of radiologists, radiographers (X-ray technologists), sonographers (ultrasound technologists), medical physicists, nurses, biomedical engineers, and other support staff working together to optimize the wellbeing of patients, one at a time. Appropriate use of medical imaging requires a multidisciplinary approach.