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A pilot study to determine the effect of radiographer training on radiostereometric analysis imaging technique

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INTRODUCTION: Producing x-ray images for radiostereometric analysis (RSA) is a demanding technique. Suboptimal examinations result in a high percentage of exposure repetition. The aim of this pilot study was to use an experiential training approach to sharpen the skills of radiographers in acquiring images of an optimal quality.

METHODS: A controlled trial using action research strategy was used. The study entailed a two phased approach. Radiographers were purposefully recruited and trained to perform the required investigations. Each phase included 12 examinations of a total knee arthroplasty phantom followed by 10 patient examinations. The quality of all x-ray images performed during the two phases was characterized by measuring the number of visible beads, the center position of the prosthesis (CP) compared to the center of calibration field (CCF). The number of re-exposures used to obtain a usable image during patient examinations was also recorded.

RESULTS: The radiographers undergoing the training resulted in a significant improvement in the quality of images produced and visualization of the beads. That is, the ability to move the CP on average 36.1 mm closer to the CCF (p < 0.001), the number of visible beads increased by 3.1 (p < 0.001) and radiographers needed 2.1-2.9 exposures less to obtain RSA images of sufficient qualities during patient examinations in phase 2 (p < 0.001).

CONCLUSION: This study illustrates the value of experiential method of teaching and learning with minimal compromise on patient safety but a significant contribution in terms of establishing quality of RSA images.

Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)e37-e43
StatusUdgivet - 1 maj 2018

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