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 2016 -- 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.
This new 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 organized a webinar to present the new document on 22 April 2016 in Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland.
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.
Events and activities
- New guidelines on iodine thyroid blocking
Large-scale international emergency exercise evaluating response to a nuclear emergency concludes after 36 hours
- IAEA-WHO Joint Webinar on Medical Preparedness and Response for Nuclear or Radiological Emergencies
- Guidelines on Public Health Response to Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies
- Iberoamerican Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine (in spanish)
- Bonn Call for Action