Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 41, Issue 5, pp 602–610

Pediatric digital radiography education for radiologic technologists: current state

  • Gregory Morrison
  • Susan D. John
  • Marilyn J. Goske
  • Ellen Charkot
  • Tracy Herrmann
  • Susan N. Smith
  • John Culbertson
  • Kira Carbonneau
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DOI: 10.1007/s00247-010-1904-3

Cite this article as:
Morrison, G., John, S.D., Goske, M.J. et al. Pediatr Radiol (2011) 41: 602. doi:10.1007/s00247-010-1904-3

Abstract

Background

Digital radiography (DR) is one of several new products that have changed our work processes from hard copy to digital formats. The transition from analog screen-film radiography to DR requires thorough user education because of differences in image production, processing, storage and evaluation between the forms of radiography. Without adequate education, radiologic technologists could unknowingly expose children to higher radiation doses than necessary for adequate radiograph quality.

Objective

To evaluate knowledge about image quality and dose management in pediatric DR among radiologic technologists in the U.S.

Materials and methods

This communication describes a survey of 493 radiologic technologists who are members of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and who evaluated the current state of radiological technologist education in image quality and dose management in pediatric DR. The survey included 23 survey questions regarding image acquisition issues, quality assurance, radiation exposure and education in DR of infants and children.

Results

Radiologic technologists express many needs in areas of training and education in pediatric DR. Suggested improvements include better tools for immediate feedback about image quality and exposure, more information about appropriate technique settings for pediatric patients, more user-friendly vendor manuals and educational materials, more reliable measures of radiation exposure to patients, and more regular and frequent follow-up by equipment vendors.

Conclusion

There is a clear and widespread need for comprehensive and practical education in digital image technology for radiologic technologists, especially those engaged in pediatric radiography. The creation of better educational materials and training programs, and the continuation of educational opportunities will require a broad commitment from equipment manufacturers and vendors, educational institutions, pediatric radiology specialty organizations, and individual imaging specialists.

Keywords

Digital radiography Radiologic technologists Pediatric Education Training Survey 

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© Springer-Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory Morrison
    • 1
  • Susan D. John
    • 2
    • 3
  • Marilyn J. Goske
    • 4
  • Ellen Charkot
    • 5
  • Tracy Herrmann
    • 6
  • Susan N. Smith
    • 4
  • John Culbertson
    • 1
  • Kira Carbonneau
    • 1
  1. 1.American Society of Radiologic TechnologistsAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic & Interventional ImagingUniversity of Texas Medical School at HoustonHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Pediatric RadiologyChildren’s Memorial Hermann HospitalHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA
  5. 5.Diagnostic Imaging and Vascular AccessThe Hospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada
  6. 6.Department of Allied HealthUniversity of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters CollegeBlue AshUSA

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