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Standards of Practice for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

RANZCR Standards of Practice for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology - Version 10.1

Standards Cover jpegThe Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists is committed to setting, promoting and continuously improving standards of practice in diagnostic and interventional radiology for the betterment of the people of Australia and New Zealand.

The College is the primary organisation in Australia and New Zealand for setting standards of practice in medical imaging; these are set out in the RANZCR Standards of Practice for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology. This document sets minimum standards to support and ensure the delivery of safe, high quality diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology services in both community-based and public hospital settings.  These standards also provide a framework for practices to implement and maintain continuous quality improvement.

The RANZCR Standards are made freely available to all medical imaging stakeholders, and are applicable to all diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology services.

These Standards are also the accreditation requirements underpinning the RANZCR/NATA Medical Imaging Accreditation Program, and inform the development of standards to underpin the Department of Health and Ageing’s Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS).

Review of the RANZCR Standards of Practice

The development of the RANZCR Standards is a contuining consultative process. The College welcomes feedback and suggestions for improvements that can be made to the standards. Please contact Ms Daisy Garling, Senior Projects Officer, Quality and Standards at the College on +61 2 9268 9764 or by email: standards@ranzcr.edu.au for further information, or to provide feedback or suggestions in relation to the standards.

Quick Reference Guide on Significant Changes from Previous Version for:

Radiologists
Quality Managers
Medical Imaging Technologists

How to Interpret and Implement These Standards

Sections 1 – 7 cover generic requirements applicable to all medical imaging services.
Sections 8-15 cover additional modality specific requirements and are applicable depending on the scope of services provided by an individual medical imaging practice.

A practice is expected to meet the generic requirements listed in Sections 1 to 7, and any specific modality requirements listed in Sections 8 to 15.

Example 1: A practice providing solely ultrasound services is not expected to comply with the standards relating to radiation safety requirements listed in Sections to 7, but is expected to comply with all other standards described in Sections 1 to 7, as well as the relevant ultrasound standards described in Section 15 (depending on the scope of ultrasound services provided by the practice).

Example 2: A practice providing CT, general x-ray, MRI, mammography and ultrasound services is expected to comply with all of the standards described in Sections 1 to 7, as well as the modality specific requirements described in Sections 9, 10, 12, 13 and 15 (depending on the scope of modality-based services provided by the practice).