Mandatory considerations for the implementation of this recommendation:
It is important to note that although the recommendations are simple and straightforward, the discontinuation of shielding practices must be carefully considered, both from a patient and policy perspective.
- MRTs must be compliant with their facility’s policies and procedures.
- It is the responsibility of the medical imaging leadership team within your facility to ensure that the recommended change to practice is permissible within their facility prior to implementation.
- This position statement and the references cited within it can be used in conjunction with other current evidence to have informed discussions related to a facility’ policies and procedures related to gonadal and fetal shielding.
- MRTs must be compliant with all provincial regulations related to MRT practice.
- It is the responsibility of the medical imaging leadership team within your facility to ensure that the recommended change to practice is permissible within their jurisdiction prior to implementation.
- MRTs may identify facility policies and procedures that already address this area of practice. This position statement can be used in conjunction with current evidence to advocate for this change.
- Once the policy change has been made and implemented, MRTs must answer patient and caregiver questions concerning practice changes to gonadal and fetal shielding.
- It is the responsibility of MRTs to obtain the education and training required to implement the changes in policy and within their professional practice, including practice changes associated with gonadal and fetal shielding.
- This position statement should be used in conjunction with current evidence to inform oneself, patients, and their families of the rationale for the practice change.c.It is the responsibility of an MRT to recognize that implementing the recommendation may cause confusion or fear for some patients and their families who are accustomed to the historical shielding practice.
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