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4.0 Clinical reporting by radiographers

The College’s 2006 guidance document, Medical Image Interpretation and Clinical Reporting by Non-Radiologists: The Role of the Radiographer2 provided comprehensive justification of the scope of radiographer reporting as carried out by radiographers with appropriate postgraduate training. The guidance included extensive reference to the associated evidence base, confirming the standards and achievements of radiographers in defined fields of reporting practice. At that time, 2006, there was evidence of radiographers contributing to the clinical reporting workload in accident and emergency,8 examinations of the large bowel,22 ultrasound,23 nuclear medicine,24 mammography25 and chest radiography. 26 In the subsequent period, clinical reporting by radiographers has continued to expand, both in the extent of implementation and in the scope of practice, with radiographers now undertaking reporting of, for example, computed tomography (CT) head scans and certain magnetic resonance  imaging (MRI) examinations.6,7

Evidence continues to confirm that properly trained radiographers reporting in defined areas of practice comply with standards equivalent to those of their radiologist colleagues. Accordingly, clinical reporting radiographers are able to make valuable contributions to delivering safely and effectively the reporting element of clinical imaging services. In addition cost benefits are becoming apparent; for example, radiographer led immediate reporting for emergency departments. 14

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