CAR Position Statements
Position Statements are intended to inform physicians and other interested parties of the formal opinion of the CAR concerning critical issues in radiology, evolving areas of clinical practice, and/or technologies that are widely available or new to the practice community.
These statements are developed around topics that impact practice, are new or emerging, and for which a body of evidence or expert opinion is available. They are evidence-informed or consensus-based, but are more narrowly focused and more concise than guidelines.
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.
Use of thermography to screen for breast cancer
Outdated medical imaging equipment
Outdated medical imaging equipment is still currently in use in the healthcare system. On March 16, 2001, the CAR received legal advice recommending that:
- radiologists must notify their hospital that outdated equipment can no longer be used, and immediately cease to use such equipment;
- radiologists should propose alternatives such as referring cases to other establishments 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.