Primary diagnostic equipment in a paediatric radiology department must perform at optimal levels at all times. The Children's Hospital Radiology Department in Winnipeg, Canada, has developed an impartial means of reporting radiographic image quality. The main objectives of this study programme were two-fold. First, to monitor diagnostic X-ray equipment performance, and second, to improve the resultant image quality as a means of implementing the fundamental concepts of continuous quality improvement. Reading radiologists completed a quality assurance (QA) card when they identified a radiographic image quality problem. The cards were subsequently collected by the clinical instructor who then informed, in confidence, the radiographers of the written comments or concerns. QA cards have been conspicuously installed in the paediatric radiology reading room since the middle of 1993. Since its inception, equipment malfunction has been monitored and indicators for improving image quality developed. This component of the QA programme has shown itself to be a successful means of communicating with radiographers in maintaining superior image quality.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging