Liaises with radiologists to organise and interpret clinical imaging

Knowledge

Principles, including indications, limitations and therapeutic modalities of basic radiological methods, CT scanning, MRI, ultrasound, angiography and radionucleotide studies in the critically ill patient
Risks to patient and staff of radiological procedures and precautions to minimise risk
Indications for and limitations of investigations
Sensitivity and specificity of the investigation as related to a specific disease
Effect of projection, position, penetration and other factors on the image quality
Chest x-ray interpretation (see 2.7)
Basic interpretation of radiological investigations:
neck and thoracic inlet films
x-rays of abdominal fluid levels / free air
x-rays of long bone, skull, vertebral and rib fractures
CT or MRI scans of head demonstrating fractures / haemorrhage
Ultrasound of the abdomen (liver, spleen, large abdominal vessels, kidney, urinary bladder)
Echocardiography (ventricular function, filling status, valve abnormality, size of the heart, any akinetic or dyskinetic segments, pericardial effusion with or without evidence of tamponade)

Skills & Behaviours

Communicate effectively with radiological colleagues to plan, perform and interpret test results
Integrate clinical findings with results of investigations
Undertake further consultation / investigation when indicated

Attitudes

Consults, communicates and collaborates effectively with patients, relatives and the health care team Promotes respect for patient privacy, dignity and confidentiality Avoids extensive invasive procedures or monitoring which can not be adequately interpreted at the bedside Minimises patient discomfort in relation to monitoring devices Responds rapidly to acute changes in monitored variables Ensures safe and appropriate use of equipment Supports other staff in the correct use of devices Considers patient comfort during procedures / investigations Avoids unnecessary tests Demonstrates compassionate care of patients and relatives Desire to minimise patient distress Recognises personal limitations, seeks and accepts assistance or supervision (knows how, when and who to ask)