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For general information about what a patient should expect when they go for a scan within a radiology department, visit The Royal College of Radiologists' website.

The Royal College of Radiologist's patients' liaison groups have also produced a wide range of patient information sheets on most interventional radiology procedures and diagnostic scans. These can be easily accessed by following the link below, enabling the GP to print out test specific information for a patient as desired. is a highly respected North American website which informs patients of exactly how various x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, and other interventional procedures are performed. It also addresses what patient's may experience during the scan and how to prepare for scans. The website contains over 115 radiologic procedures and is updated frequently with new information. All material on the website is reviewed and approved by experts in the field of radiology from the American College of Radiology and Radiological Society of North America, as well as other professional radiology organizations.

For information on a specific interventional radiology procedure, the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) and the Clinical Radiology Patients' Liaison Group (CRPLG) of the Royal College of Radiologists, have also prepared specific information leaflets for patients on a wide range of procedures.

For information about the Effects of x-rays read the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) publication: 'X-rays – How safe are they?' on the website:

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