In the modern radiology department time and resources are frequently stretched and establishing a robust quality assurance (QA) programme can seem like a daunting task. This talk covers the motivation behind implementing such QA programmes including the legislative and safety requirements. The necessary components for an effective QA programme are highlighted and practical approaches for prioritising the workload, developing standardised testing methods and training staff are suggested.
Experience of putting a QA programme into everyday practice is included as well as troubleshooting strategies to help deal with potential difficulties. Methods of data management and analysis are reviewed including the advantages and disadvantages of various techniques.
The roles and responsibilities of each member of the QA team are also examined with particular emphasis on the importance of communication and co-operation between staff groups. Finally, the importance and challenges of preparing for accreditation with the Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme (ISAS) is discussed.
1 CPD credit.
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Dr Gail Johnston
Dr Gail Johnston did her PhD in Atomic & Molecular Physics at Queen’s University Belfast before switching fields and moving into research in diagnostic imaging. She then completed further training in medical physics and is currently working as a Senior Clinical Scientist in the Radiological Sciences & Imaging group of the Northern Ireland Regional Medical Physics Service. Her professional interests include digital radiography, mammography and CT. She is heavily involved in the implementation of radiographer quality assurance programmes as well as training and lecturing healthcare professionals in the science & technology of medical imaging. She is currently an active member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine Diagnostic Radiology Special Interest Group.