MRI reporting radiographers - A survey assessment of number and areas of practice within the United Kingdom
Estell, H. and Mitchell, M. 2020. MRI reporting radiographers - A survey assessment of number and areas of practice within the United Kingdom. Radiography. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2020.11.017
|Authors||Estell, H. and Mitchell, M.|
Introduction: The aim of this study was to determine a baseline assessment of the national picture of MRI reporting radiographers within the United Kingdom.
Method: A questionnaire was utilised using both open and closed questions, the twenty questions were based on four main themes of those in training, those trained, those no longer reporting and post qualification sign off and expectations. The questionnaire was sent out to multiple special interest and MRI specific groups.
Results: Responses were received from 46 trusts (n¼46) between September 2019 and May 2020. The majority of respondents were from English Trusts (n¼40/46). 31 radiographers from 21 different trusts were training in MRI reporting with the majority of those training to report thoraco-lumbar spines and knees. 80 radiographers from 38 trusts had completed training with 77 of those being trained at one south of England University. 57 radiographers from 35 trusts were in practice with the majority of these reporting thoraco-lumbar spines and knees.
Conclusion: This survey provides an insight into the current status of MRI reporting radiographers in the UK. Although courses have been available since 2003, numbers are still low and there are significant geographical and working practice variations. Defined standards of practice and the implementation of a central register would benefit both those in practice and those looking to implement a MRI reporting radiographer service.
|Keywords||Reporting radiographer; Magnetic resonance imaging; MRI; Scope of practice|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2020.11.017|
|Online||15 Dec 2020|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||25 Nov 2020|
|Deposited||29 Sep 2020|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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