COVID-19 – ISRRT Response Document – Appropriate and safe use of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy with infection control measures considered in addition to standard radiation protection procedures
ISRRT developed the COVID-19 – ISRRT Response Document – Appropriate and safe use of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy with infection control measures considered in addition to standard radiation protection procedures (read it below on this page) in response to the requirement for a technical guidance document which addresses the personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary for radiography personnel working in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy centres. The document addresses the control of infection measures necessary to manage imaging and radiation therapy procedures for patients who may carry the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, it outlines measures necessary for imaging the more complex and higher risk patients undergoing aerosol generation procedures (AGPs). All of these infection control considerations are levelled against the necessary published radiation protection and medical imaging safety procedures and protocols.
At short notice radiographer experts from around the world contributed to the content of this publication gathering and reflecting best practices in their countries as well as the current guidance and publications issued by several professional societies.
The document (see below) will assist in the development of local action plans for a safe way of working, outlining all the relevant steps to be considered for a range of medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures and situations. This includes appropriate PPE required to protect against COVID-19 transmission and daily best practice for social distancing of radiographers, patients and personnel including health care workers.
There is also valuable information relating to best practice for general cleaning after performing medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures on patients with the COVID-19 virus.
The document (see below) is provided to the World Health Authority (WHO) and the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) as technical input for the development of joint WHO/IAEA guidance documents on COVID-19 safety procedures.
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