Justification of radiographic examinations: What are the key issues?

Jason Vom, Imelda Williams

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Justification of radiographic examinations is the practice of evaluating requested radiological examinations to assess for clinical merit and appropriateness based on clinical notes and patient information. This implies that justification in radiography requires the evaluation of requested examinations, the justification of exposures being applied and determining whether patients fit the recommended criteria for the procedure. Medico-legal requirements by the professional registration body, the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA), identify justification as an advocated and obligatory practice for radiographers. Yet, justification remains an inconsistent practice implemented amongst Australian radiographers. This review aims to identify associated barriers inhibiting the consistent practice of justification and the hesitance by radiographers in practicing justification responsibilities. It also recommends a change in workplace culture which encourages radiographers to accept a more autonomous role that cultivates critical thinking, reflection and research-informed decision making as justification will ultimately benefit patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212 - 219
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017


  • Australian radiographers
  • Barriers
  • Decision making
  • Justification

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