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Welcome to the International Radiology Quality Network. (IRQN)

IRQN was formed in March 2002. It's purpose is to promote quality in radiology through collaboration, experience sharing and mutual assistance.

The IRQN is interested in matters related to the elements fundamental to the delivery of quality radiology services, the promotion of evidence-based and appropriate utilisation of radiology, the processes relating to quality control, quality assurance, quality improvement and practice accreditation.

The members of the network meet annually and communicate by email regularly between face-to-face meetings.

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International Commission on Radiological Quality and Safety

In the 2013 International Radiology Quality Network (IRQN) annual meeting, a proposal from the International Society of Radiology (ISR) for the Network to become a Standing Committee of the ISR was discussed.  A supporting motion was met with unanimous agreement.  

To facilitate transition, a number of steps took place subsequently, including an update of the ISR Bylaws and the approval of such changes by national delegates during an International Assembly held in December 2013.  This was followed by an acceptance of the proposed committee structure and working arrangements by the ISR Executive Committee and IRQN member organizations.  Following the successful completion of these steps, the International Commission on Radiological Quality and Safety (ICRQS) is formed.  By joining forces, the Commission will handle radiological safety and quality matters on behalf of the Society and facilitate advocacy and actions from leading radiology organizations in these matters.  

The Commission’s initial priorities are to build teams, strengthen communication within and outside the Society and collaborate with other stakeholders in actions to improve quality, safety and more appropriate use of radiology.  Under the approved committee structure, Working Groups of Experts (WG) will be formed, initially focusing on justification, optimization and incident minimization.   

The current IRQN website is being maintained in the interim but will migrate to the ISR website.  The ICRQS homepage is accessible by going to http://www.isradiology.org/isr/index.php and selecting the “Quality and Safety – ICRQS” tab OR directly via http://www.isradiology.org/isr/quality.php.  

The formation of the ICRQS marks a special milestone for the IRQN and ISR.  More importantly, it demonstrates joint commitment from leading radiology organizations in the improvement of quality patient care, radiation safety and more appropriate use of radiology through global collaboration.  The International Radiology Quality Network and the International Society of Radiology thank member organizations and individual experts for their contributions to the Network’s activities since 2002.  The International Commission on Radiological Quality and Safety and the International Society of Radiology look forward to working with you and receiving your on-going support in the future.

Dr. Lawrence Lau
Chairman,
International Radiology Quality Network
Chairman,
International Commission on Radiological Quality and Safety
Dr. Jan Labuscagne
President,
International Society of Radiology
Dr. Lawrence Lau, IRQN and ICRQS Chair with Dr. Jan Labuscagne, ISR President
Dr. Lawrence Lau, IRQN and ICRQS Chair with Dr. Jan Labuscagne, ISR President.

Acknowledgement

The International Radiology Quality Network wishes to acknowledge the generous support provided by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists since its formation, including the development of this website.

 

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A team of IRQN Referral Guidelines Working Group members were invited to a WHO consultancy on “Referral Guidelines for Appropriate Use of Radiation Imaging” in its Geneva HQ during March 2010.  The 35 invited experts from 19 countries representing 23 international, regional and national agencies and professional organizations have agreed to collaborate and work towards the common objective and develop a common set of referral guidelines on an appropriate use of diagnostic imaging and interventional procedures.  The experts also agreed that it was feasible to conduct an international project to achieve this goal…   More here
 

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