A Review of Orthopaedic Theatre Radiography Services in Zambia


  • Osward Bwanga Midland University Hospital Tullamore, Radiology Department
  • Ncheebe Sindaza Cancer Diseases Hospital
  • Malunga Chipulu Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital
  • Patrick Mwenga Kinda St. John Paul II Orthopaedic Mission Hospital
  • Joseph Mulenga Warwick Hospital, Radiology department, Warwick




Medical Imaging,, Orthopaedics, Radiographer, Theatre Radiography, Radiologist, Zambia


Orthopaedic theatre radiography plays a critical role in the treatment of bone injuries and joint diseases. Fluoroscopic imaging using a mobile image intensifier (C-arm) is required to aid in trauma orthopaedic surgery. Plain X-rays using a mobile X-ray machine are also required for non-trauma corrective orthopaedic surgery. In Zambia, there are an increase in the use of motor vehicles and associated road traffic accident (RTA) injuries. Assaults and falls are other common mechanisms of trauma injuries reported in Zambia. The growing number of trauma patients puts a strain on trauma and orthopaedic services, particularly theatre radiography. Most trauma patients require surgical treatment of their bone injuries. However, in terms of establishing a well-organised trauma and orthopaedic healthcare system in the country, less emphasis has been paid to this problem. As a result, theatre radiography is similarly underdeveloped. This review aimed to assess orthopaedic theatre radiography services and raise awareness among stakeholders on this important topic in Zambia. As the country's planned improved orthopaedic services evolve, the radiography profession must begin bolstering training and advocating for more theatre radiography equipment.


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Bwanga, O., Sindaza, N., Chipulu, M., Mwenga Kinda, P., & Mulenga, J. (2023). A Review of Orthopaedic Theatre Radiography Services in Zambia. Medical Journal of Zambia, 50(2), 169–179. https://doi.org/10.55320/mjz.50.2.351



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