The British Institute of Radiology (BIR), in conjunction with Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), is delighted to support Ask for Evidence, a campaign to encourage companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies to be accountable for scientific research and to inspire the public to question claims made in the media about scientific research.
To encourage transparency about scientific evidence, the BIR and IPEM have provided a panel of experts who will be answering questions about radiation safety on the Ask for Evidence website. The public is invited to pose their questions which will be answered by our panel.
The panel consists of Dr David Wilson, a radiologist at St Luke's Hospital, Oxford, and President of the BIR, Dr Alexander Stewart, a consultant clinical oncologist at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Nicola Macdonald, a clinical scientist working in medical physics for NHS Lothian (Edinburgh), Jennifer Poveda, Radiation Protection Advisor in an NHS teaching Trust in the East Midlands, and [title?] Andy Rogers, Head of Radiation Physics, Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The panel has already answered a number of questions on the topic of radiation safety.
Members of the public are invited to pose their questions about radiation being used in a medical setting by getting in touch via Twitter (@senseaboutsci) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Wilson said, "We are delighted to support this campaign. In the field of medical imaging, research is the basis and cornerstone of what we do. Over a hundred years ago X-rays were discovered by Roentgen’s research and our institute was founded shortly after by those who wished to carry on his work and apply research to clinical problems. We can only progress by investigating, questioning and looking hard at the evidence."