Navigation Links
Radiology Workforce Shortage

An expanded for radiographers to allow them interpret, as well as produce, diagnostic images could be part of the solution to Australias worsening shortage of radiologists , according to a report in the latest Medical Journal of Australia.

A rising demand for diagnostic imaging services, an ageing population and shrinking workforce are all contributing to pressure on current radiology services.

Dr Tony Smith, Senior Lecturer in Medical Radiation Science at the University of Newcastle, and Associate Proffessor Marilyn Baird, Head of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences at Monash University, say extending the role of senior, post-graduate trained radiographers could help meet demand.

They suggest allowing radiographers to provide a descriptive report with no medical interpretation, while radiologists would continue to provide medical reports.

Dr Smith says Australian Universities are already well placed to offer radiographers post-graduate training in image interpretation. There appears to be no reason why some radiographers could not reach the academic standard needed to provide descriptive reports on a defined range of radiographic examination types, says Dr Smith.

In a related editorial, Dr Lizbeth Kenny, President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR), and Dr Matthew Andrews, Principal Councillor in Economic Affairs and Workforce for RANZCR, support role evolution within radiology but say it is responsible to delegate the role of reporting.

The provision of an integrated radiology report is not just an interpretation of an X-ray or scan in isolation, says Dr Kenny. It requires detailed medical knowledge to put it in perspective and the radiologists opinion usually influences and shapes complex medical treatment. It is not responsible to delegate this responsibility to other than radiologists, says Dr Kenny.

Focusing on image report ing by non-medical personnel assumes that preclinical, clinical and specialist training and experience can be fast-tracked or avoided without negative impact on the nature and quality of the diagnostic imaging service.

Instead, she says involving the radiologist at an earlier stage in clinical management could help avoid unnecessary diagnostic imaging and therefore ease demand.

Dr Kenny also recommends using new technologies to eliminate the need for film production by radiographers and handling by radiologists.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Radiology advance points way to non-invasive brain cancer treatment
2. Hospital Selected to ‘25 Most Influential’ List in Radiology in 206
3. Kalam to Commission Indias First Tele-Radiology Network
4. President’s Address on the ‘Tele-Radiology’ Set Up of Krst
5. Keep Australias GP Workforce Numbers Healthy, AMA Urges
6. ILO Reports On The Crippling Effects Of HIV On The Workforce
7. Shortage of MMR vaccine
8. Shortage of funds for providing AIDS drug in Africa and India
9. Tamiflu Shortage Can Be Better Handled By Combining It With Probenecid
10. Acute Shortage Of Neurosurgeons In India: One Surgeon For Every 1 Million!
11. Doctor Training Undermined In Britain Due To Shortage Of Cadavers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/25/2017)... ... 25, 2017 , ... Ron Norman, CEO of Team Decades, ... executives speaking at a business luncheon today, "It is tantamount to forgetting about ... to be fully realized and activated by the corporations that recognize their worth," ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... ... September 25, 2017 , ... “The Ministry of Reconciliation: ... look at the religious stand in the sensitive matter of sexual discrimination, and ... Ministry of Reconciliation: A Compassionate and Realistic Approach to Evangelizing the LGBTQ Community” ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... York, NY and Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... September 25, ... ... has announced the opening of a full-time office in downtown Los Angeles, to service ... Arizona, Nevada and the surrounding areas. , “We are seeing an ever-increasing amount of ...
(Date:9/24/2017)... ... September 25, 2017 , ... Andrea Purcell, NMD, had an epiphany one evening. Four months pregnant, ... dinner plate. She thought pregnancy was so hard. She wondered why no one talks about ... her. In that moment, she decided to write what she wished her friends and colleagues ...
(Date:9/24/2017)... ... September 24, 2017 , ... “The Messiah 8 with ... biblical texts to firsthand experiences. “The Messiah 8 with the 3rd Anti Christ” is ... hard I’ve tried to look at all the angles of life,” Velazquez states, “I ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/12/2017)... -- Consumer reviews on the independent review site Consumer Affairs ... for hearing aids, ranking it higher than Miracle Ear ™, ... ... Hearing Aids ... store that provides high performance, state-of-the-art, German-engineered hearing aids directly to ...
(Date:9/7/2017)... -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ... more efficiently focus resources on developing new medicines ... reductions, including those from a U.S. voluntary early ... positions. With the streamlining efforts ... $500 million that will begin to be realized ...
(Date:9/7/2017)... , Sept. 7, 2017   BioLife Solutions , ... and marketer of proprietary clinical grade cell and tissue ... announces that Mike Rice , President and CEO, will ... Rodman & Renshaw 19 th Annual ... Eastern time (12:25 p.m. Pacific time). The conference is being ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: