The role of the GI radiographer: A UK perspective

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

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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: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
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: 16 Feb 2022 10:42

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