Climate Change and Radiology: Impetus for Change and a Toolkit for Action

Radiology. 2023 May;307(4):e230229. doi: 10.1148/radiol.230229. Epub 2023 Apr 18.


This special report discusses the importance of climate change for health care and radiology. The impact of climate change on human health and health equity, the contribution of health care and medical imaging to the climate crisis, and the impetus for change within radiology to create a more sustainable future are covered. The authors focus on actions and opportunities to address climate change in our role as radiologists. A toolkit highlights actions we can take toward a more sustainable future, linking each action with the expected impact and outcome. This toolkit includes a hierarchy of actions from first steps to advocating for system-level change. This includes actions we can take in our daily lives, in radiology departments and professional organizations, and in our relationships with vendors and industry partners. As radiologists, we are adept at managing rapid technological change, which makes us ideally suited to lead these initiatives. Alignment of incentives and synergies with health systems are highlighted given that many of the proposed strategies also result in cost savings.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Climate Change*
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Humans
  • Radiography
  • Radiologists
  • Radiology* / methods