Tips for New Theatre Radiographers

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Published: 28 Sep 2017      

It’s possible that your search for a radiography job may lead you towards working in the operating theatre. Or, your current radiography job has asked you to change your focus a little, and you now find yourself in unfamiliar territory.

There’s no two-ways about it, working as a theatre radiographer can be quite scary.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the useful tips for brand new theatre radiographers.

Introduce Yourself

Before you do anything else, take some time to introduce yourself to the people you’ll be working with. It’s likely that the other professionals in the theatre haven’t worked with you before, so actively putting a face and voice to your name will allay some of their fears.

It works the same way for you too. Getting to know the people that you’ll be working with will help you to feel more comfortable in the theatre. Furthermore, you’ll be able to discuss your role with everybody there, so you know what you’re meant to be doing, and how you’re meant to do it.

Consider Your Equipment

You’ll end up having to drag some of your equipment into the room, so it’s a good idea to do a quick scan before the patient is due for their operation. You’re looking for anything that may impede your equipment’s progress, such as IV lines or cables.

Clear the path, and then bring your equipment into the theatre. You also need to consider positioning. Your radiography equipment won’t prove particularly useful if neither you nor the surgeon can see it clearly when operating.

Test the Positioning

Depending on the time of surgery being undertaken, you may need to change the positioning of your screens. For example, the doctor may ask you to swing your screens over the top of a patient if they’re conducting spinal surgery.

You must ensure that your equipment is up to the task, and that you know how to use it. Talk to the doctor beforehand to find out which screen positions they’ll need. Make sure you can provide before the surgery begins.

Don’t Screen Inappropriately

Radiography equipment emits radiation. That’s one of the first things you learned during your training and it’s something that you’re going to have to remember when working in the theatre. If you turn your screens on when they aren’t needed, you’re exposing everybody in the room to unneeded radiation.

Always check with the other people in the room before turning on your screens. Furthermore, turn the screens off again if nobody is using them. Finally, make sure that everybody has taken adequate protective measures before you start using your screens.

Save Images for the Doctor

It’s possible that the doctor you’re working with will forget to ask you to save images at crucial junctures. That’s understandable. After all, they’re focused on their work.

That’s when you need to step up. Use your experience as a radiographer to save screens when you think they may be needed. Having a few more screens saved is far preferable to having none at all.

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