Quality means different things to different people. Patients expect to receive high-quality examinations and reports in a timely and efficient manner, and to be confident that their radiation exposure is justified, minimised and safety of procedures assured. Payers have a particular interest in appropriateness and good outcomes with minimisation of costs.

In the United States, healthcare payments are increasingly linked to quality and outcome metrics. Examples of good practice include department quality and value scorecards to capture data on appropriateness, and various quality metrics to provide evidence-based data.”

Similar trends are emerging in Europe, and the ESR has established a working group on value-based imaging to evaluate the situation in Europe, develop an ESR concept for value in radiology, and support radiologists in fulfilling their central role in patient care. It is in the interest of radiologists themselves to demonstrate the value of their service, and develop appropriate metrics, which capture their true contribution and added value to patient care.

Value-Based Radiology Subcommittee Chairperson

Michael Fuchsjäger, Graz/AT
Chairperson of the ESR Board of Directors

Lorenzo E. Derchi, Genoa/IT

Immediate Past-President

Bernd Hamm, Berlin/DE

Quality, Safety and Standards Committee Chairperson

Adrian P. Brady, Cork/IE

Education Committee Chairperson

Carlo Catalano, Rome/IT

National Societies Committee Chairperson

Andrea G. Rockall, London/UK

IT expert and PIER Subcommittee Chairperson

Peter Mildenberger, Mainz/DE

EuroSafe Imaging Chairperson & Industry liaison (COCIR)

Guy Frija, Paris/FR

ESR-PAG Representative

Judy Birch, Poole/UK

Member

Marc Dewey, Berlin/DE

Member & CIRSE Representative

Thomas Kröncke, Augsburg/DE