Essay about Radiographer's Role in Operation Theatre

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The assignment is a critical reflection that highlights the role of a student radiographer under the supervision of senior radiographer in an operation theatre. This research is based upon professional quotes, personal thoughts and some real time operation theatre scenarios. It will identify the role of radiographer and its importance, the key issues that related to the surgeons and the radiographers while working in the operation theatre.
In the end it will also provide with some recommendations and ideas that how it can be resolved.


Importance of Radiography in Operating theatre:
Fluoroscopic imaging is used to help the surgeons with their procedure in assessing and
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A default terminology should be used for different positions and directions for the use of fluoroscopy.

Quality of the image is directly dependant on flawless communication between the surgeon and the radiographer. Inaccurate diagnostic information and increased radiation hazard can result due to poor communication and can affect the overall quality of the procedure (Trehan and Tennet, 2005).

Hence a comprehensive and proposed template of default language which is easy to use and apply should be adopted for the operation theater. This would play a vital role in improving the quality and time management through the procedures.

A proposed template based on personal research has been designed and mentioned in (appendix 1).

Effective communication:
Process carried in the operation theatre is complex and includes a range of verbal and non verbal skills. For providing fluoroscopic imaging through the procedure a radiographer must be familiar with the procedure he is assisting for.

With brief discussions with the surgeon and the remaining team prior to the procedure a radiographer would have a better opportunity of communicating with the team as how to deal with the risk of radiation exposure which may differ from patient to patient. By doing so he may be able to contribute towards the patient’s safety (Van-Heest et al., 2008).

As several procedures are performed in an operation theatre within a day. There is a high risk of