Strategies to Reduce Radiography Errors

On average, radiography errors range from around 2% to 20% of all images captured. Note that what constitutes an error is a bit of a debate due to the subjectivity of image interpretation. However, what we can say with confidence is that issues will arise every now and again if you are in radiography, whether or not it’s due to human or mechanical error. However, it’s also extremely important that you have plans and strategies in place to minimize these from happening, as well as acting quickly when they occur.

One of the major ways you can avoid subjectivity leading into errors is establishing set imaging protocols for your entire team. Leaving the process open for interpretation means that different images may be processed or interpreted differently. It’s okay to take feedback on how the process can be improved, but there should always be a uniform base concept. In addition, you also want to evaluate the environment your equipment is set in. Could outside glare or distractions impact the quality of the images? Be sure to give it the thought. 

In addition, communication and written reports should be emphasized in terms of clarity and other factors. Many times, an image can be fine, but communication breakdown leads to errors after the fact. 

There are a lot of techniques and practices you can use to cut down on these types of errors, but nothing is guaranteed. This is why it’s essential that you consider whether or not upgrading your equipment is the most efficient path to take. If you’re struggling with radiography errors, while you want to look into support, it may also be worth it to consult with JPI Healthcare Solutions. We can help you find equipment and software that’s less likely to develop a lot of these critical errors, as well as conferring a lot of additional benefits.

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