CHAIN OF EVENTS DURING A PATIENTS VISIT TO THE X-RAY DEPARTMENT
01 The patient is referred by a doctor for an x-ray examination and goes to the radiology department.
02 The patient provides his/her personal details and is registered at the reception of the radiology department.
03 A Radiographer will call the patient through and if necessary will ask the patient to undress and put on a gown in a dressing room. The radiographer will then proceed with the radiological procedure as soon as the appropriate x-ray room/equipment becomes available.
04 The radiographer will process the film/images to make it available for the radiologist to interpret.
05 The radiologist will study the images and dictate a diagnostic report on his/her findings.
06 The dictation is transcribed by a medical typist.
07 After the radiological report is typed it is checked by the radiologist for any errors and if correct it is authorised for release.
08 The images and report are usually handed to the patient who takes it back to the referring doctor. Sometimes, if the referring doctor’s rooms are situated in the hospital, the images and report will be delivered directly to the doctor.
ROUTINE X-RAY PROCEDURE, WALK-IN PATIENT