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Following a review by an expert group, the GCC has published its draft guidance on the use of diagnostic imaging in chiropractic.

We are now inviting feedback on the draft guidance before 26 November so that Council can consider any proposed changes prior to its publication in 2022.

The guidance is designed to assist chiropractors in their decision-making around the use of diagnostic imaging. It has been developed to help protect patients and the public as well as promote the best use of imaging for the effective assessment and care of patients. The guidance is based on the principles of evidence-based practice and informed consent.

The review was carried out by an expert group, drawn from a range of backgrounds and specialisms. Its purpose was to explore the clinical evidence for the use of x-ray in chiropractic, considering extant guidelines to identify whether and/or when diagnostic imaging takes place prior to a patient receiving spinal manual therapy. It was also asked to consider the case for best practice guidance to be adopted by the profession.

The draft guidance, background document and discussion document can be found on the GCC consultation page.

The consultation closes on 26 November 2021.