RC 1714 - The magic of excellent images

Chairmen’s introduction 

A.P. Parkar;  Bergen/NO

Chairmen’s introduction (part 2)

A.P. Parkar;  Bergen/NO

Learning Objectives

1. To understand the contribution of the radiographers in image quality optimisation.
2. To expand on the challenges and perspectives of image quality in each field.
3. To discuss the importance of excellent images in patient care.

Abstract

Due to a wide variety of use of x-rays in non-invasive and painless diagnosing and monitoring therapy it is difficult to imagine modern medical treatment without them; some of the examinations would not even be possible. The number of radiology examinations performed annually is increasing steadily. Although this increase is rightly due to better access to radiology and a higher need for radiology in the clinical decision process, quite a few of them are unnecessarily repeated. Audits have shown that more than half of the repeated examinations could be avoided by strict compliance to the adopted protocols and principles of radiographic procedures. As technology advances in all modalities, we need to ensure that good and safe practice is delivered. Radiographers are encouraged to take an active role in image optimisation and the development of standardised protocols. The aim of the session is to show the importance of optimisation of protocols and to present different optimisation methods of different modalities that will lead to better image quality, decrease of the radiation doses as well as better patient care. Radiographers play a vital role in the quality assurance of radiological examinations which ensures the best image quality and optimal patient safety. To acquire this goal radiographers and radiologists have to work together as a team.