Radiographers' role in radiological reporting: A model to support future demand

Tony N Smith, Marilyn Alicia Baird

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Abstract

The demand for diagnostic imaging services has grown faster than the supply of radiologists in Australia. Given the predicted ageing of the population and contraction of the health care workforce, the current workforce model is not sustainable. Extending the role of radiographers in a specific range of radiological reporting tasks may help meet demand, relieving some pressure on radiologists. Experience overseas suggests that radiographer reporting can reduce patient waiting times, release radiologists for other duties and improve the retention of radiographers. Evidence shows that, with appropriate education and training, the accuracy of radiographers in interpreting plain x-rays is comparable to that of radiologists. Australian universities are well placed to offer radiographers postgraduate education in image interpretation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629 - 631
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume186
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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