Radiographic Technologist Role

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The Role of the Radiographer
Radiographers function as part of a multi-professional team within a clinical setting, and a number of important skills are necessary to deliver the service required of radiographic technologists. This composition defines and explores some of the key personal and professional standards to which all radiographic technologists need to adhere.
Let us begin with a brief discussion of the 4 Bioethical Principles applicable to all members of the health team in imparting a professional health service to the public. The Bioethical approach was developed in the USA, and is based upon 4 moral obligations. These obligations are universally acceptable across all cultures and are meant to assist the healthcare professional
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In effect this means doing no harm to another. The radiographer is responsible for correctly interpreting the requisition of the referring physician. In addition the radiographer should perform the examination with due diligence, positioning the patient correctly to avoid repeating the projection thereby exposing the patient to unnecessary radiation which may be detrimental to the patient.
The third bioethical principle referred to is beneficence. Beneficence may be aptly described as taking positive steps to assist the patient. In this regard, radiographer’s duties are to ensure the physical and psychological well-being of patients. Elderly patients, the handicapped, and frail, must be treated with additional care and patience.
The last principle is that of justice. Justice may be defined as assessing the benefits and potential risks with fairness. This implies that radiographers need to act with equity (Ehrlich R.A. and Coakes D.M.
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 The radiologic technologist uses equipment and accessories, employs techniques and procedures, performs services in accordance with an accepted standard of practice, and demonstrates expertise in minimizing radiation exposure to the patient, herself or himself, and other members of the healthcare team.
 The radiologic technologist respects confidences entrusted in the course of professional practice, respects the patient’s right to privacy, and reveals confidential information only as required by law or to protect the welfare of the individual or community.
 The radiologic technologist acts to advance the principle objective of the profession to provide services to humanity with full respect for the dignity of mankind.


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