A team of radiotherapy experts recently convened to develop and deliver the National Train the Trainers course on radiation protection and safety hosted at the University of Latvia, Riga. The 5-day course was organized in collaboration with the European Federation of Radiographers Societies (EFRS) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with the aim to strengthen knowledge and skills in radiotherapy quality and safety.
The course team comprised of two Therapeutic Radiographers: Dr. Ricardo Khine (City, University of London, UK) and Petra Reijinders-Thijssen (MAASTRO Clinic, The Netherlands) and two Medical Physicists: Professor Tommy Knoos (Skane University Hospital, Sweden), Dr. Eduard Gershkevitsh (North Estonia Medical Centre, Estonia). Also working alongside the team was Dr. Ainārs Bajinskis (Head of Radiography) at the University of Latvia.
The team delivered a number of key lectures and conducted workshops on topics including radiation safety principles, quality management, error reporting, safety and risks in radiotherapy patient positioning and immobilisation. Participants attending the course included Radiation Therapy Technologists (RTTs), Researchers and Radiation Safety inspectors.
Dr. Ricardo Khine said, “I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the course team in providing important training and education. The course introduced and discussed a number of key concepts to improve patient safety and quality in radiotherapy whilst the workshops demonstrated the learning of useful methodologies to improve and strengthen the concepts. I was also able to learn and become aware of the different radiotherapy practices from my European counterparts. Thank you also to the European Federation of Radiographers Societies (EFRS) and IAEA for the wonderful opportunity.”Picture: (L-R: Tommy Knoos, Eduard Gershkevitsh, Petra Reijinders -Thijssen, Ricardo Khine and Ainars Bajinskis)
Breast cancer detection should be carried out by a team involving a number of health professionals from various medical, nursing and allied health disciplines. Inter professional training provides students with the knowledge of different professional roles as well as with the interpersonal skills needed for liaison and communication.
ERASMUS+ funded project website
Coordinating institution: Tartu Health Care College.
Course recording for free download.
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The 10th Annual General Meeting of the EFRS took place last week in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, where a new Executive Board was elected by representatives of our 37 National Societies, who will serve a three year term till November 2020.
The newly elected Executive Board is (from the left):
Jonathan McNulty - Ireland (President), Charlotte Beardmore - UK (Vice president), Anke Ohmstede - Germany (Board member), Charlotte Graungard - Denmark (Board member), Vasilis Syrgiamiotis - Greece (Treasurer), Diego Catania - Italy (Board member).
The new Executive Board looks forward to working for, and with you over the coming years.
For their biographies see under "about EFRS" - management - Board
We are very pleased to announce the on-line release of the ECIBC Country profiles. On the ECIBC website, you can navigate through an interactive European map and discover ECIBC-related data for the 35 participating countries. Each Country profile shows breast cancer data, organisation of care, and engagement in ECIBC. The profiles will be updated as new data emerge. They will be soon translated to the official languages of their respective countries, of which you will be notified by an e-mail written in your language.
In addition, the ECIBC Concept Document has been updated and is now published. The document describes ECIBC's background, general goal, specific objectives and expected benefits and includes information on on-going activities.
Healthcare Quality / ECIBC Team
Directorate General Joint Research Centre
International Day of Radiology 2017 to focus on emergency radiology
Emergency radiology is quite young as a subspecialty within the imaging field, but it has gained enormous significance in recent years. Emergencies constitute a substantial portion of radiological cases and require efficient, effective handling with correct diagnoses and decisions in a timely manner.
The EANM kindly offered EFRS a free booth at their 2017 congress, which gave us an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues and to highlight the EFRS work, especially in the field of Nuclear Medicine and to attend a meeting of the EANM technologists committee. The EFRS NM expert committee and the EANM Tcom closely cooperate on a number of initiatives for NM.
From the left to the right:
Volker Weiss (EFRS NM expert committee member - Austria), Håkon Hjemly (EFRS president - Norway) Karen Borg Grima (EFRS NM expert committee member - Malta), Wim van den Broek (EFRS NM expert committee chair and EFRS liaison person for NM - Netherlands).
For the third time the EFRS president was invited by the Japan Association of Radiological Technologists to present news and developments from Europe in their national congress.
Håkon Hjemly presented the "current situation and future perspective of education for radiographers and radiologic interpretations by radiographers in Europe".
It was an excellent opportunity to meet our Japanese colleagues and to exchange information and experience.
We look forward to meet many Japanese colleages again during ECR 2018
Tartu Health Care College in collaboration with Klaipeda University are going to open a Joint Baltic Master's Programme in Radiography (full-time study, 120 ECTS credits, a 2-year standard period of study, the language of instruction is English).
The graduates are awarded a Master's Degree in Radiography (specialisation field identified) and every year different specialisation options will be available as follows: radiotherapy, magnetic resonance imaging, conventional radiography, ultrasound, computed tomography, interventional radiography and angiography, nuclear medicine.
The graduates may continue their studies in the third cycle of higher education (PhD) in medical imaging or (radio)therapy or in an affiliated field.
The ECR 'Shape your Skills' programme is dedicated to radiographers at the beginning of their career.
It supports 500 professionals by giving them free registration for the ECR and two night’s hotel accommodation.
For full information click here.
Application opens July 3rd until October 10th 2017
Application is open to radiographers:
Decision notifications will be sent by December 2017.
Presentation at The Voice of EPOS
Accepted abstracts will be presented as EPOS posters, as well as in dedicated radiographer sessions within the 'Voice of EPOS' session programme. They will be grouped into scientific, educational and professional topics as well as by country/region with the option to present in their native language.
The Finnish Journal of Clinical Radiography and Radiotherapy celebrates its 10-year anniversary
The issue published in October 2017 focuses on the future of our profession with the theme ‘Future radiographer’.
For this issue we especially look for peer reviewed original articles and reviews inspecting the future of radiographer’s work, education, roles and job descriptions.
The length of the articles may be 20 000 to 30 000 characters with spaces (including text, abstract, tables, figures and list of references) but also good quality short reports are considered.
Manuscripts that are processed with accelerated time table should be submitted latest 15.5.2017.Full authors’ instructions can be found here
Following a rigorous review process, Radiography journal has been accepted into the MEDLINE database.
What is MEDLINE?
MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) journal citation database. Started in the 1960s, it provides access to more than 23 million biomedical and life sciences journal articles. A distinctive feature of MEDLINE is that the records are indexed with NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). This means that the researcher or practitioner who is searching the literature can do so with greater reliability using MeSH keywords.
A journal listed in MEDLINE has therefore received a stamp of approval in terms of both quality of content and usefulness to the audience. This potentially improves the quality of literature searches through MEDLINE because poor quality journals are not invited to join.
The European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) and the European Society of Radiology (ESR) both recognise ECR as the official annual scientific meeting in medical imaging for radiographers.
ECR 2017 offered a very rich and complete programme for radiographers, with radiographer sessions throughout the entire congress.
The full abstract book of ECR 2017 is published as a supplement to Insights into Imaging.
For ECR 2018 the preparation of the programme is already in full swing.
SAVE THE DATES: Feb 28 - March 4
Today Fozy Peer (ISRRT president) and Håkon Hjemly (EFRS president) signed a new agreement outlining their terms of cooperation for the coming 5 years.
EURAMED is a collaborative platform of EANM, EFOMP, EFRS, ESTRO, ESR. These organisations are all involved in the application of ionising radiation in medicine.
EURAMED aims at developing and exploring common research strategies and to actively promoting the translation of research results into clinical practice.
Article: Common strategic research agenda for radiation protection in medicine; Insights Imaging (2017). doi:10.1007/s13244-016-0538-x. Available for download here
The IAEA has created e-learning program - Safety and Quality in Radiotherapy designed to provide continuing education to radiotherapy professionals regarding safety and quality in radiotherapy. The e-learning offers participants from all around the world the opportunity to improve their understanding of safety in radiotherapy, learn techniques to reduce and avoid radiotherapy incidents and understand the value and use of incident learning systems.
Throughout this e-learning course, the participants are expected to:
· Improve their understanding of safety in radiotherapy
· Learn techniques to reduce and avoid radiotherapy incidents;
· Understand the value and use of incident learning systems;
· Learn about useful sources of information to enhance safety in radiotherapy;
· Gain insight into improving safety culture in medical clinics/facilities.
The course is organized into twelve modules, each with a short quiz at the end. These quizzes serve as a self-check for participants to review their own understanding of the material.
The estimated time for the entire course is 5 hours. After completing the course, participants can receive a certificate of completion. This e-learning is provided in English.
Guidelines and Quality Assurance scheme for Breast Cancer
The European Commission, in response to the Council of the European Union's conclusions on reducing the burden of cancer, initiated a ground-breaking project to develop a European quality assurance scheme for breast cancer services underpinned by accreditation and referring to high quality, evidence-based guidelines.
We are very pleased to draw your attention on the first four released European Breast Guidelines recommendations. These recommendations have been developed by the ECIBC Guidelines Development Group (GDG) and advise on breast screening age groups (40-79 years old) providing clear, evidence-based, and profile-tailored directions to women, professionals and policy makers.
The IAEA has created e-learning program designed to provide continuing education to medical imaging professionals in safety and quality in computed tomography (CT).
“Radiation dose management in CT” provides continuing education to health professionals on the safe and effective use of computed tomography (CT). This e-learning course explores the technical applications of patient radiation protection in CT imaging and is available to participants all around the world.
Specific topics covered in this course include justification and optimisation of radiation dose, overviews of referral guidelines, and explanations of the technical parameters of CT scanning, dose metrics, and specific CT protocols for body regions and for patients particularly vulnerable to radiation risk.
The course is organised into eleven modules, each with a short series of questions at the end. These questions are provided as a self-check for participants to review their own understanding of the material.
Throughout this e-learning course the participants are expected to:
· Learn the appropriate use of CT and be able to apply this understanding in a clinical setting;
· Understand the dose reduction potential of various CT scan parameters, automatic exposure control, reconstruction algorithms and other CT techniques;
· Understand different dose metrics for CT and learn how radiation dose tracking methods can be used;
· Address the unique needs of various CT protocols, including those for chest, abdomen, and head, as well as those for pregnant or paediatric patients.
· The estimated time for the entire course is 5 hours maximum. After completing the course, participants can take the final exam to receive a certificate of attendance. This e-learning course is provided in English.
EFRS Vice-President, Dr Jonathan McNulty, was recently invited to contribute to a special issue of HealthManagement.org - The Journal which focuses on 'The Future of Healthcare'. This article was co-authored by Professor Julie Nightingale, Editor-in-Chief of Radiography (the official journal of the EFRS) and Director of Radiography in the University of Salford (UK) (an EFRS Affiliate Member), and provides some insights into advanced practice in our profession and highlights some EFRS opinions and publications in this area.
Nightingale J, McNulty J (2016) Advanced practice: maximising the potential of the modern radiographer workforce. HealthManagement.org – The Journal, 16(3): 252-5.
Article Available on line
Since January 2016 "Radiography" is the official journal of the EFRS
• READERS - we hope you will see Radiography as your journal of choice for keeping up-to-date with the latest research from around the world.
• AUTHORS - we invite you to take advantage of our speedy publication times and look forward to seeing an ancrease in research from the members of EFRS National Societies.
• REVIEWERS - we encourage you to become part of the work of the Journal and encourage anyone interested in becoming a reviewer for the Journal to get in touch.
Members of EFRS National Societies are entitled to a discount on the personal subscription price for the Journal.
The EFRS member price for 2016 is of €101 (full price for 2016 is €202).
For further details please contact:
Elsevier Customer Services:
Tel: +44 (0)1865 843434
EFRS subscribers may be asked to provide proof of membership
1,000 people, 1,000 abstracts, 1,000 rooms
The ECR will continue its highly successful Invest in the Youth programme for the 14th time at ECR 2017.
The aim of the programme is to give young radiologists and radiographers-in-training the chance to participate in the meeting.
Successful applicants will be offered free registration for ECR 2017 and free hotel accommodation.
This offer is available to young radiologists, physicists and radiographers who are:
• Radiologists-in-training and physicists-in-training under 35 or radiographers-in-training who are 30 or younger
• Members of the ESR for 2016
• Submitting authors of an abstract
Application is possible from July 4 to October 15, 2016!
ESR 2016 membership + submission of an abstract are prerequisites to be accepted into the Invest in the Youth Programme. August 31 is the ESR Membership Application Deadline
Kliininen radiografiatiede (Journal of Clinical Radiography and Radiotherapy) is a journal published by the Society of Radiographers in Finland (Suomen Röntgenhoitajaliitto ry) and Radiography Research Association (Radiografian Tutkimusseura ry).
We welcome original articles related to radiography (clinical practice, training & education and radiography science) in all the Scandinavian languages and in English. The articles must be previously unpublished. The Journal also publishes reviews based on research, case studies related to developments in the field as well as short presentations of academic theses (Master´s, Licentiate and PhD theses). The Journal is particularly interested in articles that promote clinical radiography (diagnostics, isotopes and radiotherapy), related education and research as well as radiography science.
The WHO just published:
"Communicating radiation risks in paediatric imaging"
Information to support healthcare discussions about benefit and risk"
On behalf of the EFRS our past president, Graciano Paulo, was involved in the development of this document as expert in this field.
The European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB) and the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) are pleased to announce, that the ESMRMB is inviting radiographers to join their society and educational activities.
For a fee of € 75 all ESMRMB benefits will be offered throughout the whole year as:
Since its establishment in 2007 the EFRS has actively participated in The Alliance for MRI, a coalition of European Parliamentarians, patient groups, leading European scientists and the medical community.
The Alliance was a response to the pending implementation of the EU Physical Agents 2004/40/EC, which at the time posed a serious threat to the future use of MRI.
After a six-year battle of combined effort, the Alliance for MRI campaign obtained a conditional derogation for MRI scanners ensuring continued patient access and securing the future use of MRI.
The revised EMF Directive (2013/35/EU) was adopted in 2013, requiring the development of a Non-binding guide to good practice on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (electromagnetic fields) for all sectors, including MR technology, to be published before the Directive comes into effect this year.
The Alliance for MRI just published its final statement. Through the links in the statement you can download this non-binding guide in your own language.
Download the final statement of the Alliance for MRI
In November Vasilis Syrgiamiotis (EFRS board member) represented the EFRS in the 2nd Regional IRPA WHO IOMP Workshop on Radiological Protection Culture in Medicine.
This initiative was launched by IRPA in cooperation with IOMP, WHO and all Radiation Protection (RP) professionals, for capturing the opinion of stakeholders to develop a document providing guidance for the establishment and maintenance of a radiation safety culture in health care settings.
• Is your service safe?
• Is your service responsive?
• Is your service caring?
• Is your service effective?
• Is your service well led?
The ESR is proud to announce the launch of the ESR Basic Patient Safety Standards and Audit Tool.
On the 20h of November the EFRS and EANNM met in Vienna. At the end of a constructive meeting the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed and renewed for another year by the presidents of the EANM (Arturo Chiti) and the EFRS (Csaba Vandulek).
On the 6th and 7th of November 35 member organisations were represented in the EFRS Annual General Meeting in the beautiful city of Krakow (Poland). It was an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues from all over Europe, to discuss the EFRS policies and to define the activities for the coming year.
VPH-DARE@IT is a project funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for research, technological development and demonstration.
The full title of the project is “Virtual Physiological Human: DementiA Research Enabled by IT” (VPH-DARE@IT).
This project aims to provide a systematic, multifactorial and multiscale modelling approach to understanding dementia onset and progression and enable more objective, earlier, predictive and individualised diagnoses and prognoses of dementias to cope with the challenge of an ageing European society.
The ECR will continue its Invest in Youth program for ECR 2016, giving young radiologists and radiographers-in-training the chance to participate in the meeting.
Successful applicants will be offered free registration for ECR 2016 and a voucher for hotel accommodation. The program is available to radiologists and radiographers who are radiologists-in-training younger than 35 or radiographers-in-training who are 30 or younger, members of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) for the year 2015, and submitting authors of an abstract.
The application period closes 15 October, which is also the deadline for abstract submissions to ECR 2016.
ECR 2016 timeline
The EFRS strongly supports the initiative to celebrate the Day of Radiology every year on the 8th of November.
To underline the joint efforts of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) to intensify their relations, both societies have decided to strengthen their cooperation for the International Day of Radiology (IDoR).
This has resulted in a joint statement titled: "The Radiological family unites for paediatric patients"
“The worldwide radiographer community has been celebrating World Radiography Day since 2005, to raise awareness of the vital role that this profession plays in healthcare. The EFRS now welcomes the opportunity to join together with our colleagues in radiology on the International Day of Radiology, to give a clear signal of the unity and cooperation within the radiological family, for the benefit of all patients,”
states EFRS President Csaba Vandulek from Kaposvár, Hungary.
For the full text of the statement, click here
If you plan to attend ECR 2016 do not forget to apply for ESR membership now (only 11 euro) to benefit from, among other things, the ECR registration fee reduction for radiographers (provided that your ESR membership 2015 is paid and approved by August 27, 2015).
To apply for ESR membership click here
For congress information look under "upcomig events" on this web site.
ECR IS THE PLACE TO BE FOR YOUR CPD !!
The Turkish radiographer society Tüm Radyoloji Teknisyenleri ve Teknikerleri Derneği kindly invited the EFRS president Mr. Csaba Vandulek to contribute to the congress programme by presenting the EFRS and its activities and by participating in a discussion panel. It also was an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues from Turkey and the region around.
EFRS congratulates the society with the success of the event and expresses many thanks for involving the EFRS.
Meeting between European radiation protection authorities and major stakeholders on the optimised use of CT scanners
Paris, 1st April 2015
On 1st April, HERCA (Heads of the European Radiological protection Competent Authorities) organised a multi-stakeholder meeting kindly hosted by the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) in its premises in Paris. The stakeholders included:
• COCIR , supported by the main manufacturers of CT equipment (GE, Philips, Siemens and Toshiba),
• the professional organisations: ESR, ESPR, EFRS, EANM, ESTRO and EFOMP,
• the international organisations IAEA, EC, and the US FDA (present as observers).
The objective of the meeting was to exchange views with a variety of key stakeholders on issues with regard to the optimised use of computed tomography (CT) scanners. The ultimate goal of this effort on dose optimisation is to ensure the best patient care by providing an optimised balance between image quality and dose.
A recently published HERCA position paper on the process of CT dose optimisation through education and training and the role of CT manufacturers, was also discussed.
Radiation induced long-term health effects after medical exposure
The European Commission has issued a new publication 182 in the Radiation protection series, with contributions from the Scientific Seminar 2013 - Radiation induced long-term health effects after medical exposure. They present current knowledge on:
to the THE FEDERAZIONE NAZIONALE COLLEGI PROFESSIONALI (TSRM)
for their 50th ANNIVERSARY
On 17 and 18 April the 16th congress of the TSRM took place in Riccione. On this occasion also the 50th anniversary of the TSRM was celebrated. 50 years in which the radiography profession in Italy has progressed from assistant to an official health care professional.
The TSRM board had generously invited the EFRS board and CEO to combine their spring board meeting with this important congress.In the plenary session on Friday all board members presented aspects of the EFRS and Pof. Lorenzo Bonomo, past president of the European Federation of Radiology (ESR), informed the audience about the close cooperation of ESR and EFRS and stressed the importance of radiographer involvement in ESR and ECR (European Congress of Radiology), respectively as member and participant.
The European Congress of Radiology was attended by 1.054 radiographers from 61 countries and also 436 students from 28 countries had the great opportunity to gather and exchange knowledge and information and to meet colleagues from all over the world.
On the picture you see the Italian students who attracted a lot of attention in their shirts with "Radiographer..... in Progress". (picture for download)
MAKE SURE TO BE THERE IN 2016 !
Already several years the EFRS board meets with a delegation of the Japanese Society of Radiological Technology during ECR in Vienna. The aim of these meetings is to exchange information and to establish professional links between colleages in Japan and Europe.
For more information click here
The most representative groups of Radiographers in Spain CTEDI, AETR, APTEB, COPTESIDEX, COPTESSCV, FESITESS, FETESS, FETESS-Catalunya, SEGRA and the SEOR work together to help making all SpanishTSS up to par with their European counterparts.
An Educational and Professional Skills proposal has been drawn up so that Spain may be fully integrated with a reform in Radiology Radiographer Training. For the first time, all together with a common goal.
Commissioned by the Norwegian Society of Radiographers, the Nordic Institute for studies in Innovation, Research and Education published a report called:
"GRADUAL TRANSITION - Bottlenecks and task sharing in Diagnostic Imaging".
The aim of this report is to examine whether task sharing between radiographers and radiologists is a practical method to solve bottlenecks within diagnostic iamging.
The main conclusion is that bottlenecks are difficult to solve without radiographers taking over a number of the radiologists'duties.
Report for download
Despite a large number of studies available from European countries, European DRLs for paediatric patients are only available for some common radiological examinations. There is a need to consolidate what is available and to provide guidance on what actions are needed for using DRLs to further enhance the radiation protection of children.
The European Commission recognised this need and approved the 27-month tender project PiDRL on the establishment of European DRLs for paediatric patients in December 2013.
Consortium partners are:
European Society of Radiology, ESR,
European Society of Paediatric Radiology, ESPR
European Federation of Radiographer Societies, EFRS
European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics, EFOMP
Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, STUK
Project ENER/D3/91-2013 - European Guidelines on Diagnostic Reference Levels (DRL) for Paediatric Imaging General and Specific Objectives.
This project is intended to provide European DRLs for children and to promote their use so as to advance optimisation of radiation protection of paediatric patients, with a focus on CT, interventional procedures using fluoroscopy (abbreviated as IR) and digital radiographic imaging.
The specific objectives will be to:
• Agree on a methodology for establishing and using DRLs for paediatric imaging, and
• Update and extend the European DRLs to cover more procedures and a wider patient age / weight range based on current knowledge. The work will include three major tasks:
• Development of European Guidelines on diagnostic reference levels for paediatric imaging covering plain radiography, fluoroscopy, CT, IR procedures and as far as possible, examinations using mobile equipment, e.g. on neonates.
• Deciding on European DRLs for the main paediatric imaging procedures, involving plain radiography, fluoroscopy, CT, IR and as far as possible, examinations using mobile equipment, e.g. on neonates
• Organisation of a European workshop to discuss the results of the first two tasks and the need for further action on DRLs and optimisation of radiation protection of paediatric patients. To fulfil these objectives, this project will especially rely on:
• The cooperation of the most relevant European umbrella organisations and their key experts in this field, supported by a radiation protection authority with wide experience on setting DRLs and radiation protection of paediatric patients, further supported
The Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission published the “Radiation Protection 175” document with guidelines on radiation protection education and training of medical professions in the European Union.
These guidelines are the result of the Medrapet project in which the EFRS has been heavily involved. It is an update of the Radiation Protection Report 116 (2000), and takes into account the recent technological advances, the education and training requirements of the Euratom Basic Safety Standards Directive, the European qualifications framework and includes new medical specialists using ionising radiation.
With regard to the radiographer profession we ask your special attention for the pages 19, 63-72 and 83-87.