Professionals' experiences of imaging in the radiography process – A phenomenological approach
2014 (English)In: Radiography, ISSN 1078-8174, E-ISSN 1532-2831, Vol. 20, no 1, 48-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Previous studies on radiographers' professional work have shown that this practice covers both technology and patient care. How these two competence areas blend together in practice needs to be investigated. The professionals' experiences of their work have not been studied in depth, and there is a need to focus on their experiences of the main features of their practice.
To explore, from the perspective of the radiographer, the general tasks and responsibilities of their work.
Data were generated through a combination of open interviews with radiographers and observations of their work with Computer Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The interviews and observations were analysed using an interpretative phenomenological method.
Radiographers' professional work with diagnostic imaging, in a Swedish context, can be viewed as a problem-solving process involving judgments and responsibility for obtaining images that can be used for diagnosis. The examination process comprises three phases; planning, producing the images, and evaluation. In the first phase the radiographer makes judgments on adapting the method to the individual patient, and the second phase involves responsibilities and practical skills for image production. In the third phase, the quality of the images is judged in relation to the actual patient and the imaging process itself.
Radiographers consider that the main features of their professional work are patient safety aspects and their knowledge and skills regarding how to produce images of optimal quality, in the actual circumstances of each examination.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 20, no 1, 48-52 p.
Radiography process, Radiographer, Phenomenology, Diagnostic radiography
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103181DOI: 10.1016/j.radi.2013.10.002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84891740515OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-103181DiVA: diva2:687462