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The role of the GI radiographer: A UK perspective

Nightingale, J and Hogg, P 2007, 'The role of the GI radiographer: A UK perspective' , Radiologic Technology, 78 (4) , pp. 284-290.

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    Abstract

    Context: Since the 1990s radiographers in the United Kingdom have expanded their role in gastrointestinal (GI) radiology, first by performing double-contrast barium enema (DCBE) examinations independently and later by interpreting and reporting the results of these exams. Objective: This article will trace the evolution of GI radiographers in the United Kingdom, evaluate their success and explore how the U.K. experience could apply to American radiologist assistants. Methods: The authors surveyed the professional literature to determine the historical context in which GI radiographers emerged and assess how their performance on DCBE exams compares with radiologists’ performance. Results: DCBE exams performed by GI radiographers have been shown to be efficient, cost effective and safe. In addition, GI radiographers have helped reduce waiting and turnaround times for DCBE exams. Summary: The success of GI radiographers in the United Kingdom offers assurance that radiologist assistants can benefit American patients, radiologists and radiologic technologists.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Radiologic Technology
    Publisher: American Society of Radiologic Technologists
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0033-8397
    Depositing User: JM Nightingale
    Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2011 10:50
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:43
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12543

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