Variation in pelvic radiography practice: Why can we not standardise image acquisition techniques?
|dc.identifier.citation||Snaith B, Field L Lewis EF et al (2019) Variation in pelvic radiography practice: Why can we not standardise image acquisition techniques? Radiography. 25(4): 374-377.||en_US|
|dc.description.abstract||Introduction: Pelvic radiographs remain an essential investigation in orthopaedic practice. Although it is recognised that acquisition techniques can affect image appearances and measurement accuracy, it remains unclear what variation in practice exists and what impact this could have on decision making. Method: This was a cross sectional survey of UK radiology departments utilising an electronic tool. An introductory letter and link was distributed. Responses were received from 69 unique hospital sites within the specified timeframe, a response rate of 37.9%. Results: There was no consistent technique for the positioning of patients for pelvic radiographs. The distance varied between 90 and 115 cm and 10 different centering points were described. In relation to leg position, the feet are usually internally rotated (65 of 69 [94.2%]). Only 1 teaching hospital (1 of 69 [1.4%]) uses a weight-bearing position as standard. Orthopaedic calibration devices were not in routine use, with only 21 using on pelvic x-rays (30.4%). Further, the type of device and application criteria were inconsistent. Conclusions: To our knowledge this is the first study to directly compare radiographic positioning across hospital sites. Our data demonstrated marked variation in technique for pelvis radiographs with associated implications for clinical decision making. Research is required to determine the standard technique and quality outcome measures to provide confidence in diagnostic interpretation particularly for serial radiographs.||en_US|
|dc.description.sponsorship||College of Radiographers Industry Partnership Scheme (CoRIPS).||en_US|
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|dc.title||Variation in pelvic radiography practice: Why can we not standardise image acquisition techniques?||en_US|
|dc.description.publicnotes||The full-text of this article will be released for public view at the end of the publisher embargo on 07 June 2020.||en_US|