Radiography Department and Mobile Radiography on at risk COVID-19 patients

2. During

2.1. Radiographer/RT Tasks

  • Preferably work in pairs with one radiographer to facilitate contact/non-contact technique
  • Introduce yourself and colleague by name and explain what you are about to do
  • Get consent for the examination if that is possible
  • For supine radiography cover the X-ray couch with disposable paper.
  • For imaging that requires the detector/cassette to be in contact with the patient, such as mobile radiography, insert the image receptor with a disposable plastic cover
  • Remove any radiopaque objects in the region of interest from the patient
  • Patient and image receptor positioned – for mobile radiography the DDR/CR detector placed under the thorax for CXR.
  • Contact radiographer undertaking imaging in the department stands in the radiation protected area – without touching anything
  • Contact radiographer undertaking mobile radiography stands outside the controlled area without physical contact with the team or any objects
  • Ensure correct anatomical marker in beam
  • Image acquisition/exposure made by non-contact radiographer, ensuring the principles of justification, optimization, radiation dose limitation as well as the radiographer’s/Radiologic Technologist’s Ethical Code and RG/RT Professional Rights at all times
  • Image checked and if optimum image quality send to PACS
  • Remove gloves and dispose of them in the clinical waste bin (yellow hazardous-contaminated waste) in accordance with the regulation of your Hospital Waste Management Committee. (HWMC)
  • Remember, when exiting the X-ray room (contaminated area) or Ward bed location clothing may be contaminated.
  • Don't take off mask!
  • Disinfect hands with an  hand sanitizer before you enter the console area (clean area) i.e. before touching the keyboard and mouse, the control console, and the injector.