As the authoritative national voice of radiology, the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) is dedicated to providing up-to-date information on issues that affect patient health as related to the practice of radiology.
As part of this commitment, the CAR develops advisories aimed at providing clarification on issues when there are varying points of view. Developed and updated by CAR working groups, and approved by the CAR's Board of Directors, these advisories contain background information and evidence-based support of the Association's stated position on various issues.
We invite you to review the CAR National Advisory on Gadolinium Administration and Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis, as well as the "CAR Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) - Guidelines 2009" poster.
In 2013, Health Canada issued a notice regarding Gadolinium-Containing Contrast Agents. Click here to read more.
The letter and advisory from Health Canada’s Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate regarding the use of thermography machines to screen for breast cancer, can be viewed here.
The CAR is concerned that some outdated medical imaging equipment is still currently in use in the healthcare system. On March 16, 2001, the CAR received legal advice recommending that:
- Radiologist must notify their hospital that outdated equipment can no longer be used, and immediately cease to use such equipment;
- A radiologist should propose an alternative such as referring the case to another establishment where the equipment is more adequate. This may entail referring the patient to another hospital centre, to a private clinic or even to establishments in other provinces or countries.