The Role of Radiographers in the Provision of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Services in Zimbabwe: Past, Present and Way Forward
Radiographer Roles in ultrasound
Keywords:Radiographers, , Ultrasound, Services, Zimbabwe
Ultrasound imaging is an important tool in healthcare, used for screening, diagnosis, monitoring, and treating diseases. It works by using sound waves to generate images based on echoes reflected back from the object being examined. Advancements in ultrasound technology have made it more accessible to other healthcare professionals, resulting in its expanded application across all fields of medicine. In Zimbabwe, radiographers play a crucial role in providing ultrasound services, helping to address the shortage of radiologists, and improve patient access to quality imaging. However, there is a lack of available literature on ultrasound imaging human resources in Zimbabwe. This article reviews the historical development of ultrasound training for radiographers in Zimbabwe, highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with their expanded role in ultrasound. It also emphasizes the benefits of involving radiographers in ultrasound services, such as improved patient care, cost savings, utilization of their knowledge and skills, and enhanced job satisfaction. The paper provides recommendations for the future, including the need for clear clinical leadership, specialized ultrasound programs, and continuous professional development (CPD) activities to ensure high-quality ultrasound services in the country. The insights presented aim to inform policy decisions and promote equitable access to essential ultrasound imaging in the Zimbabwean healthcare system.
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