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The medical imaging and radiotherapy courses at Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Groningen University of Applied Sciences and Fontys Paramedic University have received a RAAK public grant for the research project REVIVE – X-rays and Women In Expectation.

In order to be able to make a good diagnosis, X-ray imaging is often indispensable. However, X-rays can have adverse side effects, such as an increased risk of cancer. Children are particularly sensitive to this and there has been a lot of attention for this in recent years.

Anxiety in pregnant women

The anxiety among pregnant women who have to undergo radiological procedures is increasing because the effect on the unborn child was usually not taken into account in that attention. This anxiety is also stimulated by the differences in practice between hospitals and the Medical Imaging and Radiation Experts (MBB) who carry out the examinations.

In collaboration with the professional field, universities of applied sciences carried out a preliminary study in 2016-2017, which showed that mbb’ers do not have sufficient up-to-date knowledge about the subject. But also that they need a guideline that supports them in carrying out the research and communicating with the patient.

Purpose of the REVIVE research project

The REVIVE research project aims to meet the needs of mbb’ers so that they are perfectly in line with the priorities of the Bonn Call for Action drawn up by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Bonn Call for Action aims to promote coordinated work to address radiation protection issues in medicine.

With the REVIVE project, applicants focus on the development of:

  • a practical guide for mbb’ers with a lot of attention for risk communication
  • an e-learning module for the continuing vocational training of MBAs

National implementation

The participation in the project of all universities of applied sciences with education in MBB and the professional association of MBB ensures that a widely supported end product is delivered and implemented nationally. The pregnant women themselves are involved in the project through the participation of the Amsterdam Academy of Obstetrics Groningen. With the support of the RIVM, an important step will be taken in the field of risk communication about radiation with pregnant women.


InHolland University of Applied Sciences Haarlem – coordinator
Fontys Paramedical College
Hanze University Groningen
Dutch Association for Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy (NVMBR)
Amsterdam Academy of Obstetrics Groningen (AVAG)
Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM) (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment)

Grant scheme

Regieorgaan SIA: RAAK-Public


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