An evaluation of pre-registration image interpretation education in Australia

Johnathan Hewis, James Harcus, Voyin Pantic

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Abstract

Background: Image interpretation is an essential capability for Australian diagnostic radiographers, so they can differentiate between normal and abnormal, identify urgent and unexpected findings and provide timely oral or written communication of clinically significant findings.1,2 Despite significant discussion, growing research and increasing implementation of radiographer ‘red dot’, ‘abnormality detection systems, ‘commenting’ or ‘preliminary image evaluation’ processes, there is a paucity of literature and research examining the pre-registration image interpretation curriculum in an Australian context.3,4

Objectives: This study aimed to explore the image interpretation curriculum within contemporary Australia pre-registration diagnostic radiography courses by exploring how image interpretation education is designed, delivered and assessed.

Methods: In-depth qualitative context analysis was conducted on open-source image interpretation curriculum data extracted from Australian university websites.5,6 Being public domain data, formal ethical approval was not required or sought.7 Manual data searches were conducted on official higher education institution landing pages only. Confidentiality and anonymity were maintained by deidentifying all institutes and individuals. Coding and thematic analysis of extracted data was a concurrent and iterative process.

Results: Open-source curriculum data was extracted for 18 pre-registration courses delivered by 12 Australian universities. Depth of curriculum transparency varied significantly across the sector. Several themes emerged during data analysis to include overarching rationale, terminology, anatomical areas and modalities covered, scaffolding, indicative content, delivery and summative assessment approaches.

Conclusions: Open-source curriculum data provides a novel although ‘broad brush’ insight into current educational practice, highlighting that there is significant heterogeneity in all aspects of the image interpretation curriculum across Australian pre-registration courses.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-99
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Volume70
Issue numberS1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2023

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