Exploring the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging reporting by radiographers: A UK perspective

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Lockwood, P. 2016. Exploring the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging reporting by radiographers: A UK perspective. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences. 47 (2). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmir.2015.12.083
AuthorsLockwood, P.
Abstract

Background: The United Kingdom (UK) National Health Service (NHS) Imaging and Radiodiagnostic activity 2013/14 report estimate the year on year increase of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) examinations to be 12.3%, with the designated workforce of radiologists disproportionate to the increase in demand of imaging reporting.

Objective: To review the economics, risk and feasibility of MRI reporting by radiographers.

Design: A PICO (the four major components of a clinical or research question: patient (population), intervention, comparison, and outcome) framework using example patient demand from audit data of non-complex MRI examination attendance (n=3,525) over 12 months. Reviewing costs, potential outcome risks (diagnostic thresholds), and feasibility (workforce capacity) of both interventions.

Conclusions: The benefits of introducing a skills mix reporting service model to the benefit of service delivery in the UK has shown a potential £145,230 - £60,524 per annum cost saving using a generic acute workload model. Research into recorded discrepancy/error audit data for potential detrimental risk to patient outcomes identified a paucity of evidence, and recommends further research is needed.

KeywordsMagnetic Resonance Imaging, reporting radiographer, role extension, advanced practice, economic evaluation
Year2016
JournalJournal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Journal citation47 (2)
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1939-8654
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmir.2015.12.083
Related URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1939865415003963
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Online06 May 2016
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Deposited10 May 2016
Accepted04 Mar 2016
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