Need for Image Reporting by Radiographers in Zambia

Authors

  • Osward Bwanga Midland University Hospital Tullamore, Radiology Department, Co. Offaly, Ireland
  • Joseph Mulenga Warwick Hospital, Radiology Department, Warwick, UK
  • Ernest Chanda Cancer Diseases Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.55320/mjz.46.3.223

Keywords:

Reporting radiographer, radiologist, role extension, plain film radiography

Abstract

There is a critical shortage of radiologists in Zambia, with only 5 serving the entire population of approximately 17 million. For this reason, most hospitals, especially in rural areas have no radiologist services. This leaves most diagnostic imaging examinations unreported. In order to bring imaging services closer to the families who stand as a point of care, this article addresses the ways and possibilities of having reporting radiographers assisting radiologists in reporting on plain film radiographs. It has further evaluated evidence and research on how this undertaking has worked well in other countries. The article ends by recognising that with postgraduate training in image interpretation and reporting, radiographers (both diploma and degree holders) in Zambia can effectively report on plain film radiographs; thereby improving access to this service for the majority of patients.

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Published

08-01-2020

How to Cite

Bwanga, O., Mulenga, J., & Chanda, E. (2020). Need for Image Reporting by Radiographers in Zambia. Medical Journal of Zambia, 46(3), 215–220. https://doi.org/10.55320/mjz.46.3.223

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