Lee Bin Hao
Word Count: 2543 words
In the face of a rising population in Singapore, there is a great demand of healthcare services. This is due to the ageing population and there is a definite need for more healthcare professionals in public hospitals or private practice. This applies to the workforce in radiology as well. As cited from MJA the Medical Journal of Australia, in the United Kingdom it is estimated that, on average, consultant radiologists have to report between 18 000 and 20 000 examinations per year, which is considered a lot. In Singapore, we also face this problem. To solve this problem, we actually use offshoring radiology services from India and we call that “Teleradiology”. However, every coin has two sides. Teleradiology also poses negative effects too. U.S. radiologists train for five or more years after medical school, teleradiology has become a paradigm example of how globalization threatens highly educated workers as easily as call center operators (Sperling, 2005; Elliot, 2006). Besides that, the amount of time needed to diagnose a plain x ray will be longer than an in house radiologist reporting them on the spot. To meet the demands from the public, an alternative method will be allowing and giving radiographers the responsibilities to diagnose and report on x rays etc.
Possible implications of errors in reporting.
By virtue of their long education and training, radiologists are already considered the experts on image interpretation. Therefore, we are not debating that radiographers should replace them in the demanding health care system, but rather that limited some task for them to help meet the demand for cases that requires immediate (“hot”) reporting. In Singapore, currently radiographers do not have the need to report on x rays images. However, in a the field of sonography, sonographers are expected to do a...