Saturday 25 March 2017

2017 Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences  
Chest X-rays are one of the most frequently performed diagnostic tests worldwide, providing rapid and cost effective assessment across a spectrum of patient pathways. There is a relative paucity of evidence supporting chest X-ray reporting by radiographers, especially compared to the substantial evidence base supporting skeletal reporting by radiographers. A study was conducted to establish the accuracy of radiographer chest X-ray reporting and the influence of these reports on clinicians'
more » ... ostic decision-making. Comparable accuracy was found between a cohort of reporting radiographers (n = 11) and consultant radiologists (n = 10) using jack-knife alternate free-response receiver operator characteristic curve (JAFROC) methodology. No difference in the influence of reporting radiographer and consultant radiologist chest X-ray reports on clinicians' diagnosis or diagnostic confidence was found. These results suggest that with appropriate postgraduate education, reporting radiographers are able to interpret chest x-rays at a level comparable to consultant radiologists. Opportunities to redesign patient pathways and streamline care are discussed. Collimation on chest x-rays: Comparing film-screen trained vs digital trained radiographers
doi:10.1002/jmrs.1_214 fatcat:5ojthcwnxjccra366mezrimq24