An accurate and comprehensive clinical history ensures patient safety and reduces unnecessary repeat examinations. Medical Radiation Technologists (MRTs) are encouraged to engage patients in conversation to fill in any gaps in the clinical information available. MRTs should speak with other members of the healthcare team to address any discrepancies with an imaging request.
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Proper patient preparation reduces the need for repeat procedures and is an important quality and safety consideration for both medical imaging and radiation therapy. A multidisciplinary approach to pre-procedural care emphasizes the importance of advanced planning to achieve the desired outcomes for the procedure and ensures that the procedures do not need to be cancelled or repeated. This includes necessary laboratory results, adherence to dietary requirements and administration of pre-procedure medications. It is the Medical Radiation Technologist’s (MRT) responsibility to ensure patients have completed all necessary pre-procedural instructions.
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Many patients have difficulty tolerating medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures that often cause repeat examinations and/or poor-quality outcomes. Medical Radiation Technologists (MRTs) must communicate with patients, their families and other healthcare providers to ensure patients are physically, mentally and emotionally able to perform the procedure requested.
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Stopping patients from receiving unnecessary radiation dose is a primary consideration for Medical Radiation Technologists (MRTs). MRTs should use all available hardware, software, accessory devices, and patient instructions (pre and post procedure) to minimize dose to patients during medical imaging and radiation therapy planning and treatment alignment. All imaging should be performed using the As Low as Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) principle to optimize the appropriate dose for each clinical situation.
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All available central venous access lines should be assessed for compatibility with contrast injections before a new peripheral venous line is started. This prevents starting unnecessary lines which are uncomfortable for patients.
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