U.K. groups publish new standards for MSK radiographs

By AuntMinnieEurope.com staff writers

May 31, 2022 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and the College of Radiographers (CoR) have jointly published new standards for the education and training of reporting practitioners in musculoskeletal (MSK) plain radiographs.

The joint publication defines the education and training required for all members of a multiprofessional team reporting MSK plain radiographs. Clinical radiology trainees in U.K. training programs will meet these standards in the RCR curriculum approved by the General Medical Council, while diagnostic radiographers will handle the requirements through CoR-approved masters-level programs, according to the organizations.

"With a chronic shortage of both radiologists and radiographers and significant increasing demand for reporting services, intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic and the NHS COVID recovery plan, effective team working in the delivery of clinical imaging services has never been more important," the RCR said in a statement.

"The newly published standards will support this by ensuring that all members of the multi-professional team reporting MSK plain radiographs within a clinical imaging service will be trained to a standard level of overall competence in this aspect of their practice. Importantly, the document states that it is expected that other MSK plain film reporters operating outside of a clinical imaging service should also follow the same standards for education and training," the statement continued.

The standards can be downloaded free-of-charge via the RCR's website.

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