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Medical imaging specialists call for global referral guidelines

WHO HQ Geneva, Switzerland, 1-3 March 2010


Medical imaging specialists from international, regional and national professional societies as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency and the European Commission, met in Geneva, 1-3 March, 2010 during the WHO consultation on “Referral Guidelines for Appropriate Use of Radiation Imaging”.

It was agreed to collaborate for producing a global set of evidence-based referral guidelines and to facilitate their implementation. Plans also call for monitoring their use and evaluating their impact in different clinical settings. This collaboration will include review, adaptation and expansion, as necessary, of existing guidelines to make them suitable for those countries where such referral tools still don't exist.

The ultimate purpose is to promote good medical practice through an appropriate use of medical imaging. Reduction of unnecessary radiation exposure by justification of radiological medical procedures is a major goal for the WHO Global Initiative on Radiation Safety in Health Care Settings and this international effort will contribute to that goal.