Working with doctors Working for patients

Recordings for which separate consent is not required

10. Consent to make the recordings listed below will be implicit in the consent given to the investigation or treatment, and does not need to be obtained separately.

  • Images of internal organs or structures
  • Images of pathology slides
  • Laparoscopic and endoscopic images
  • Recordings of organ functions
  • Ultrasound images
  • X-rays

11. When seeking consent to treatment or any other procedure6 that involves making one of the recordings listed in paragraph 10, you should, where practicable, explain that such a recording will be made and could be used in anonymised form for secondary purposes, including in the public domain.

12. You may disclose or use any of the recordings listed in paragraph 10 for secondary purposes without seeking consent provided that, before use, the recordings are anonymised for example, by the removal or coding of any identifying marks such as writing in the margins of an X-ray (see paragraph 17). Further advice on anonymising information is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office.7