Responsibilities of health professionals

» What are my main responsibilities as a radiologist?

You have the primary responsibility for ensuring overall radiological protection of patients and to:

  • Ensure that each medical exposure is justified in consultation with the referring physician; 
  • Ensure that the exposure of patients is the minimum required to achieve the intended objective, taking into account the relevant diagnostic reference levels for medical exposure; 
  • Establish optimized protocols for diagnostic and image guided interventional procedures, in consultation with the medical physicist and technologist/radiographer; 
  • Provide criteria to manage the examination of pregnant women, paediatric patients, occupational health examinations and medical and biomedical research; 
  • Evaluate any radiation incident or accident from a medical point of view. 

» What are my main responsibilities as a technologist/ radiographer?

As technologist/radiographer you have a key position in protection of the patient. Your responsibilities and duties are to:

  • Identify the patient; 
  • Inform the patient; 
  • Inform accompanying persons; 
  • Verify that the female patient is non-pregnant; 
  • Contribute to the preparation of specifications for new equipment; 
  • Participate in optimization of imaging protocols; 
  • Perform the radiological procedure following an optimized protocol and ensuring patient protection; 
  • Perform regular quality control of radiological equipment; 
  • take record of patient doses; 
  • inform the radiologist and radiation protection officer (RPO) in the case of an accident or incident.

» What are my main responsibilities as a medical physicist in radiology?

Your responsibilities and duties are to:

  • Plan, in conjunction with the radiologist and the radiation protection officer (RPO), the facilities for radiology practice; 
  • Prepare performance specifications for equipment with regard to radiation protection; 
  • Participate in the continuing review of the radiology practice's resources (including budget, equipment and staffing), operations, policies and procedures; 
  • Carry out acceptance testing and commissioning of equipment; 
  • Design, implement and supervise QA procedures; 
  • Supervise equipment maintenance; 
  • Carry responsibility for calibration of equipment and dosimeters; 
  • Perform patient dose assessment; 
  • Participate in optimization of imaging protocols; 
  • Participate in the investigation and evaluation of incidents and accidents; 
  • Contribute to the radiation protection training programme.