The role of the radiographer

The increase in the scope of MRI applications means that radiographers have extended their roles to incorporate advanced techniques. For example, within the field of vascular imaging, MR Angiography (MRA) techniques are used for the assessment of peripheral arteries, thoracic vessels, coronary arteries and for pulmonary vein evaluation. Perfusion Cardiac MR is a technique used for perfusion and ischaemia testing, as well as the diagnosis of coronary heart disease, heart valve problems and congenital heart defects. The radiographers’ core skills enable new and advanced techniques to be implemented effectively and efficiently for improved patient outcomes.

Advanced practitioner radiographers are now routinely reporting many MRI investigations. These reporting radiographers have undergone extensive post registration training in clinical reporting of lumbar spine, knees and internal auditory Meatus (IAM) and, in some cases, of brains and cervical and thoracic spines. The reporting radiographer also has the skill set to report urgent and non urgent cases and to offer clinical advice to clinicians and other health professionals with regards to the above examinations enabling streamlined care. They will also advise on whether the exam is appropriate and offer guidance on alternative imaging if necessary.

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