Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 20, 2015

Study Shows Radiologist Assistants Oversee Significant Patient Management Duties

Majority of survey respondents say they would participate in voluntary quality reporting measures

ASRT, radiologist assistants, RA, patient management duties, survey

July 20, 2015 - According to a new study, most radiologist assistants (RAs) spend a significant amount of time each week performing patient management activities. Their weekly responsibilities include reviewing patients' medical records, verifying the appropriateness of exams, and advocating for patient radiation safety and protection.

The prevalence of RA's patient management duties, frequency of performing specific medical imaging procedures, and workplace practice and reporting standards are among the findings in the Radiologist Assistant Practice Survey 2015 conducted by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

When asked how frequently they perform a variety of patient management activities, 100 percent of respondents said they review patients' medical records on a weekly basis, and nearly 99 percent said they spend time each week assessing risk factors that might contraindicate patients' medical imaging procedures. In addition, nearly 93 percent of RAs said they spend time during the week advocating for patient radiation safety and protection.

In regards to frequency of certain procedures, 81 percent of respondents said they perform esophageal studies each week and 80 percent said upper gastrointestinal studies occur each week. However, nearly 85 percent said they never perform magnetic resonance post-processing and nearly 82 percent said defecography exams are the least performed procedures.

The majority of radiologist assistants said they would be willing to participate in a voluntary reporting of quality measures, and a majority said their employer already participates in some type of quality reporting system.

When asked what quality measures they deemed most important, more than 60 percent said the documentation of fluoroscopy time for procedures performed by RAs. About 45 percent pointed to the rate of catheter-related blood stream infections.

"The survey shows that radiologist assistants play a key role in providing patients with high-quality care and have the knowledge and skills to work alongside radiologists," said Myke Kudlas, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(QM), CIIP, ASRT chief academic officer. "In addition, the survey results show that RAs are interested in a voluntary reporting of quality measures, which will lead to even better patient care in the future."

The ASRT sent questionnaires to 262 radiologist assistants in May 2015. A total of 111 people completed the survey for a response rate of 42.4 percent.

For more information: www.asrt.org

Related Content

2019 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Appropriate Use Criteria Summary
Feature | Clinical Decision Support | July 13, 2018 | Nathan Baugh
On July 12, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule for the 2019 Physician Fe
HeartFlow Announces New Commercial Coverage With UnitedHealthcare
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 03, 2018
HeartFlow Inc. announced that UnitedHealthcare now covers the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis, extending access to their 45...
Peter Juodka, RT(CT) operates the 16-slice Siemens Somatom Scope CT scanner in the mobile stroke unit to assess stroke patients immediately at the call site.

Peter Juodka, RT(CT) operates the 16-slice Siemens Somatom Scope CT scanner in the mobile stroke unit to assess stroke patients immediately at the call site.

Feature | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 03, 2018 | By Jeff Zagoudis
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for more than 140,000 deaths in some of
Ensuring that the FMDS for MRI safety is mounted outside Zone IV provides maximum early warning.

Ensuring that the FMDS for MRI safety is mounted outside Zone IV provides maximum early warning. (Images courtesy of Metrasens)

Feature | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | July 03, 2018 | By Tobias Gilk
Nearly every job in the country is subject to certain health and safety regulations. Construction workers must wear...
Carestream DRX-Revolution Nano Mobile X-ray System

The Carestream DRX-Revolution Nano Mobile X-ray System.

Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 03, 2018 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane
The mobile digital radiography (DR) segment is the largest segment by product type in the global digital mobile DR...
News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2018
GE announced the results of its strategic review, and plans to separate GE Healthcare into a standalone company and...
New U.S. Tariffs on Chinese Goods Include Imaging Equipment
News | Radiology Business | June 15, 2018 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released the much-anticipated list of Chinese-manufactured goods...
FDA Releases New Report Assessing Quality, Safety and Effectiveness of Medical Device Servicing
News | Radiology Business | June 07, 2018
A new report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discusses the continued quality, safety and effectiveness...
It is critical to order the right kind of test or scan, and then get those images into a place in the system where they can be useful to the physician.

It is critical to order the right kind of test or scan, and then get those images into a place in the system where they can be useful to the physician.

Feature | Radiology Business | June 05, 2018 | By Emily Clemons
Value-based care and patient satisfaction are top priorities of radiologists across the field, from imaging technolog
FDA Issues Proposed Order to Reclassify Certain Radiological Medical Image Analyzers
News | Computer-Aided Detection Software | June 01, 2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a proposed order to reclassify certain radiological medical...
Overlay Init