Patient Privacy

Policy:

Respect for privacy during a patient exam will be ensured.

Guidelines:

  1. Patients will be provided a private place for the radiographic exam.
  2. The door to the examination room shall be kept closed during the radiographic examination.

Patient Examination

Policy:

Patients will receive a radiographic examination performed by and under the service of a certified and licensed technologist/radiologist.

Guidelines:

  1. Patient will be identified by with the Radiology Request Form.
  2. Each female patient will be asked if there is any possibility that she could be pregnant; this response is documented on the form.
  3. The patient is appropriately prepared by removing clothing, jewelry, and/or other articles from the body that may obstruct the radiographic image, and is shielded for the procedure whenever possible.

Patient Identification

Policy:

Patient identification will be verified before a radiographic examination.
The technologist/radiologist is responsible for correctly identifying the patient to be examined.
A personal ID may be requested for identification purposes.

Guidelines:

  1. Introduce yourself to the patient by name.
  2. Prior to the examination, the technologist/radiologist verifies the patient’s name.
  3. Before taking the radiographs or performing the imaging exam, it is important to inform the patient of the procedure and answer any questions relating to the examination being performed.
  4. Provide discharge information after determining the quality of the radiographic study.

Persons Permitted in the Radiology/Procedure Room

Policy:

Only under the discretion of the Radiologist will a person other than the patient be allowed in the examination room.

Guidelines:

  1. The Radiologist/Technologist shall direct that any person other than the patient involved in the radiographic procedure be excluded from the same room during the exposure, except:
    • In the judgment of the Radiologist, a person related to the patient should be present to assist in the emotional support and/or the safe handling of the patient. For such exceptions, the related person shall not be a pregnant woman.
    • The Radiologist/Technologist asks such a related person if they are/could be pregnant. If there is any possibility the person is pregnant, then she will be excluded for the room during the exposure.
  2. The Radiologist/Technologist shall require related persons to wear a protective lead apron, and/or thyroid collars if the procedure requires such protection during the exposure.

Permanent Identification on the Produced Image

Policy:

The technologist is to produce a properly identified radiograph.

Guidelines:

  1. Side Markers:
    • All radiographs are to have a right or left marker.
    • Adding marker to the produced image after exposure will not constitute an accepted standard.
  2. Produced images will be identified by the attached requisition and electronically stamped with the following information:
    • Patient Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Date of Exam

Patient Belongings

Purpose:

Guidelines for handling patient belongings during Radiology procedure

Policy:

For patients who are undergoing any type of radiological procedure that requires them to store their valuable items, the following procedure should be followed.

Guidelines:

  1. A relative may take charge of the valuables and belongings by request of the patient.
  2. If the patient is not accompanied by a relative, valuables and belongings can be kept in the lockers located in the patient changing rooms. The patient should keep the locker locked and retain possession of the key while in the department. The patient will be responsible for his/her own property.

Inspection of Radiology/Imaging Equipment

Policy:

All radiology equipment is inspected and calibrated annually by licensed personnel as required by law.

Guidelines:

  1. All safety warnings are posted in highly visible areas.
  2. Radiation monitor badge is worn by radiology department personnel during the work Day.
  3. Protective lead aprons are used in all exams that involves X-Ray emission and by radiologist/technologists performing the exams.

Operation of Radiology/Imaging Equipment

Policy:

All equipment controlled by the Radiology Department is to be operated by licensed technologists with specific training in Radiologic Technology.
Interpretations of all radiographic examinations are made by a radiologist.