HERCA launched a European communication campaign to promote the appropriate use of medical imaging.

The campaign stages a consultation situation between referrer and patient.

It sets out 7 key questions the referrer should ask when referring for an imaging examination.

It highlights what is in the interest of the patient, along with some simple reflections and arguments that can be readily put forward during the consultation.

  

 
 
 
 
 

 Countries participating in the campaign:

 

Belgium (Fr / NL)

 

Czech Republic

 

Denmark

 

Estonia

 

Finland

 

France

 

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

 

Ireland

 

Latvia

 

Lithuania

 

Luxembourg

Norway

 

Serbia

 

Slovenia

 

Sweden

Switzerland

The Netherlands

   

 

INFORMATION

Contact: secretariat@herca.org

Download the HERCA toolkit in different languages

English (zip file | 1 Mo)

French (zip file | 1,3 Mo)

German (zip file | 1,3 Mo)

Italian (zip file | 1,5 Mo)

Estonian (zip file, 1 Mo)

 

Background material and further ressources

Medical imaging : The right test at the right time (IAEA)

Radiation Protection of Patients – information for health professionals (IAEA)

Radiation Protection of Patients – information for patients and public (IAEA)

RP No.178 Referral guidelines for medical imaging, availability and use in the European Union (EC)

Communicating radiation risks in paediatric imaging (WHO)

Justification of medical exposures (WHO)

What patients should know – Radiation and patients (ESR Eurosafe imaging)

Information for referring profesionnals (ESR Eurosafe imaging)

Resources for Patients and Referring Practitioners, referring physician and parents (Image Wisely campaign, USA)

Medical X-ray imaging (FDA)

 

For further information:

European Society of Radiology (ESR)

World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA Europe)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

World Health Organization (WHO)

European Commission (EC)