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Quality and safety have become characteristic features for effective and successful medical operations. A comprehensive quality and safety culture has gradually developed throughout the European Union with regard to the medical use of ionising radiation and has been included in the different fields of diagnostics and therapy.

The European Communities Commission has made its contribution to this development through the establishment of legal requirements for the protection from radiation of people undergoing medical examination or treatment through safety requirements for medical equipment and through participation in research work on the practical application and updating of these requirements.

The establishment of quality criteria for radiography in medical diagnosis is one of the keystones of this European initiative.

The aim of the quality criteria is to describe a standard of acceptability for normal standard radiography that answers any clinical indication. It has been acknowledged that the most important thing is that quality criteria must be adapted to pediatric radiology in particular.

European guidelines on quality criteria for radiography in medical diagnosis contain four sections. The first section describes the updated quality criteria for six conventional examinations: thorax, skull, pelvis, lumbar vertebra, urinary tract and breasts. These efforts will be continued in the near future within the framework of the forthcoming research programme and the updating of EURATOM-Guideline. The new guideline envisages the establishment of quality assurance measures including criteria that can be applied and checked in a comparable manner, so that the dose of radiation for patients can be linked to the required quality of image and the execution of the radiographic process. It is likewise recommended that the reference dose be indicated.

These guidelines are not be considered as strict instructions for day-to-day radiological practice but seek to i

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16260 DE (2000), 82pp, Euro: 10.00
Availability: Available from European Commission, DG XII Communication Unit rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32-2-2950001 Fax:+32-2-2958220 email:
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-9447-9
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