BIR - British Institute of Radiology

Who we are and what we do

The British Institute of Radiology (BIR) is a multidisciplinary membership organisation for everyone working in radiology, radiation oncology and the underlying sciences across the world.
We provide opportunities to learn and exchange ideas collaboratively and gain new perspectives on technologies and treatments. We do this through high quality education, both in-person and online, a range of publications, and our active special interest groups which share best practice and develop our educational programme as well as advise on policy and guidelines.
BJR is our flagship journal, the oldest in the world, and our newly launched BJR|case reports is an open access case report journal. They both cover radiology, radiation oncology and all related sciences.
We have over 2,000 members and welcome the involvement of our corporate subscribers, encouraging their participation in our activities.
With origins dating back to 1897 the BIR is the oldest radiological society in the world. We are a registered charity and governed by and for our members.


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United Kingdom
RSNA 2016: Radiological Society of North America Conference

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 - Fri, 2 Dec 2016

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Chicago, Illinois 60616
United States
ECR 2017

Wed, 1 Mar 2017 - Sun, 5 Mar 2017

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Vienna, 1210


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BIR and IPEM Organise Radiotherapy Talk Delivered at House of Commons

2016 13 Oct

“Radiotherapy, the cancer treatment of the past or future?” was the title of a presentation delivered to members of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee (P&SC) on 10 October 2016 at the House of Commons. The talk was organised jointly by the BIR and IPEM. The multidisciplinary presentation, chaired by Stephen Metcalfe MP, was delivered by Dr... Read more

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The British Institute of Radiology Launches New Radiation Safety Guidance for Healthcare Staff

2016 24 Sep

The British Institute of Radiology (BIR) has produced posters, videos and a book on personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff working with radiation, to help reduce exposure to diagnostic X-rays and develop radiation safety knowledge in and beyond the radiology department. The guidance gives practical advice on how staff should select, wear and... Read more

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BIR/Bayer ‘Make it Better’ Service Award prize 2016 presented at UKRC 2016

2016 30 Jun

The introduction of image-guided lung biopsies using an early discharge protocol means a more cost effective and improved service for patients with suspected lung cancer   A team which has developed a new system to accelerate and improve early diagnosis of lung cancer, a first for the UK,  has won the BIR/Bayer Make it Better Award which was presented... Read more

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The BIR Launches First Free Online “Radiation Protection for Cardiology” Course

2016 22 Jun

The British Institute of Radiology (BIR) has led a collaboration between the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) with representation from the Royal College of Physicians’ Cardiology Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) to develop a vital training resource for cardiologists.   This online training, developed by the BIR’s Radiation Protection Special... Read more

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BIR commemorates International Day of Radiology & World Radiography Day with fun resources

2016 21 Oct

Download crossword and word search for your team and waiting room.Suitable for radiology and radiotherapy departments, cancer charities, patient liaison staff and anyone involved in International Day of Radiology or World Radiography Day 2016. To commemorate the International Day of Radiology on 8 November 2016, which this year is dedicated to breast... Read more

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2015 22 Sep

Dr. David Wilson is a consultant musculoskeletal radiologist, and President of the British Institute of Radiology 2014-2016. 1. What are your key areas of interest and research? Occult fractures and outcome in acute ankle injuries. When someone sprains their ankle, if a fracture is suspected they are x-rayed and treated. If there is no fracture, patients... Read more

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BIR Response to RCC's Paediatric Imaging Audit

2015 01 Aug

The British Institute of Radiology (BIR) issued the following statement in response to the Royal College of Radiologists’ national audit of paediatric X-ray services:The report from the Royal College of Radiologists’ paediatric imaging audit is disturbing and raises concerns over the safety of performing and reporting imaging in children. The NHS currently... Read more

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BIR Response to AMRC 'Choosing Wisely' Initiative

2015 28 May

The British Institute of Radiology (BIR) supports the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges work programme on the “Choosing Wisely” initiative to encourage doctors to consider the value of treatments and avoid “over medicalising” patients. The BIR agrees that, for a range of reasons inappropriate clinical interventions are made which are not evidence based... Read more

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British Institute of Radiology Publishes First issue of BJR|case Reports

2015 14 May

The British Institute of Radiology (BIR) is proud to announce that the first issue of BJR|case reports, is available from today. The new journal will be published quarterly and as part of the BIR|Open initiative, all articles are open access and free for everyone to read as soon as they are published.The first issue of BJR|case reports contains eight... Read more

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UKRC 2015: Prof Sir Muir Gray to Deliver BIR/Toshiba Mayneord Memorial Lecture

2015 09 Apr

Professor Sir Muir Gray, the recipient of the BIR/Toshiba Mayneord Award, will be delivering the opening plenary lecture of UKRC on Monday 29 June.  The lecture is entitled “From Quality to Value—population and personalised imaging”, an apt prelude to the four streams of the conference: Clinical, Advances in Technology, Informatics and New Technology.Professor... Read more

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British Institute of Radiology Publishes New Book, App

2014 24 Nov

The BIR has published a new book, Imaging Single Best Answer, developed in conjunction with the BIR Young Professionals and Trainee Committee. A convenient, easy-to-use learning resource aimed at trainee radiologists taking the Royal College of Radiologists’ Final FRCR (Part A) Exam.The book contains 75 questions, answers and explanations with references... Read more

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BIR/Bayer Announces Service Award

2014 15 Sep

The BIR, in partnership with Bayer HealthCare, has launched a new award called the BIR/Bayer “Make it Better” service award. The award will be given to the group of people who have demonstrated the best improvement in an aspect of service delivery by making it more effective, or have improved patient experience. This might be an innovative design of... Read more

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British Institute of Radiology Announces New SIG

2014 12 Aug

The British Institute of Radiology announce launch of BIR Oncology and Radiotherapy special interest group (SIG), chaired by Dr Alexandra Stewart.The British Institute of Radiology announces the merger of two BIR special interest groups—Radiotherapy Physics and Oncology and Radiotherapy, which will now be known as the BIR Oncology and Radiotherapy SIG.... Read more

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British Institute of Radiology Rolls Out First Cardiac CT Course

2011 27 Oct

The British Institute of Radiology (BIR), with technical support from Siemens Healthcare ran a Cardiac CT level II1 course for visiting radiology professionals from Iraq. The BIR works in partnership with The Baghdad Medical College; and The Baghdad Teaching Hospital in Iraq is funded by the UK Department for International Development and managed by... Read more

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The BIR is the oldest radiological society in the world which welcomes everyone working in the field of radiology, radiation oncology and the underlying sciences. Whether you are a radiologist, radiographer, medical physicist, radiotherapist, oncologist or anyone with a professional interest in the field, there is a membership category to suit your needs.
“The BIR is a fantastic organisation"
Dr Gopi Gnanasegaran, consultant physician in nuclear medicine, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital

Free access to BJR (our flagship journal),
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Access to Special Interest Groups
Free access to Primal Pictures human anatomy software
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