The aim of the InsideRadiology website is to provide consumers (patients, carers, potential users of radiology) and referrers (general practitioners, specialists and other health professionals) with accurate, up to date information about radiology procedures and interventions that is easy to use and understand.
The tests, procedures and interventions on the website have been chosen because they represent the more commonly used radiology procedures and those of particular interest to consumers and referrers.
A previous Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists' project commissioned in 2006 to investigate consumer awareness of radiology identified that consumers wanted to have more information about procedures for which they were being referred. Consumers wanted this information from a reliable and credible source and preferred a question and answer format. It was also found that anxiety is lessened and better managed by patients if they have prior knowledge of the procedure.
InsideRadiology provides information items that have been written by radiologists or other health professionals who are experts in their field. The items have then been edited by a team of specialised consumer writers to ensure they have been made as easy to understand by health consumers, patients and carers as possible.
The methodology noted below has been endorsed by the Council of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists as being appropriate for the development of consumer information material. In addition, all the information material has been approved for publication by a specially convened editorial panel made up of expert radiologists, general practitioner and consumer writers.
Previously published items have been reviewed by the editorial panel and a specially convened panel of general practitioners to ensure that the information items are still current and correct and items are prioritised for review as required.
The purpose of this website is to inform Australians about radiology. The previous project by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists' (RANZCR) Quality Use of Diagnostic Imaging (QUDI) Program reported that consumers wanted to know more about the radiology procedures that they were being referred for. Referring doctors, who would also benefit from readily available information, were seen as the best point at which to provide this information. This website aims to give consumers and referring doctors the information they need in a format they can view, print or download.
The aim of the QUDI Program was “to improve the quality of diagnostic imaging services by providing referrers, providers and consumers of diagnostic imaging services with accurate, up-to-date information on the appropriateness and safety of diagnostic imaging”. The QUDI program has now been superseded by the RANZCR Quality and Safety Program.
All Australians who are involved in, have been referred for, or are interested in radiology, are encouraged to visit this site.
Date last modified: 25 August, 2014