Is the image diagnostic? (10 point plan)
9. Any repeat radiographs or further projections
The image should be evaluated using all of the previous 8 points and if the image meets the criteria it should be made available to the referrer and stored on PACS. Mobile chest radiographs which do not answer the clinical question must be repeated. If there is any doubt the decision should be made by liaison between the radiographer/ technologist who has performed the X-ray and the referrer and the outcome recorded on PACS.
If the image produced is diagnostic but poor quality the image does not need repeating but lesson can be learnt for following examinations.
Audit and multi-disciplinary meeting are a useful way of recognising poor techniques or trends which can be feedback to the radiographers/ technologists to improve their imaging technique.