Cancer Medical Imaging Guidelines

The Central Cancer Network (CCN), in collaboration with clinical staff from the CCN region, is developing guidelines for medical imaging and reporting which are specific to the diagnosis, staging and surveillance of specific cancers.

Currently, New Zealand does not have agreed guidelines for the overall imaging of cancer patients, although there are guidelines available for certain individual cancers, e.g. breast.

The advisory group, as detailed below, agreed to use the UK Guidelines: ‘Recommendations for Cross Sectional Imaging in Cancer Management’ as the foundation for the development of Cancer MI Guidelines and have adapted them to meet a New Zealand context. These guidelines were disseminated to wider stakeholders in February 2010.


Dr Garry Forgeson (Chair) Medical Oncologist MidCentral DHB
Dr Trevor Fitzjohn Specialist Radiologist Pacific Radiology Ltd
Dr Peter Dixon Specialist Radiologist,
Broadway Radiology
Palmerston North/
MidCentral DHB
Dr Nick Humphries Specialist Radiologist Hutt Valley DHB
Dr Alina Leigh Fulford Radiology New Plymouth
Dr Umesh Pandey Specialist Radiologist Hawkes Bay DHB
Dr Kevin Smidt Nuclear Physician MidCentral DHB
Paula Jones Department of Radiology Hawkes Bay DHB
David Binning Consumer Representative  
Teresa Grace Communications Manager Pacific Radiology Ltd,