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Title: The current and future role of the MRI radiographer in radiation oncology: A collaborative, experiential reflection on the Australian rollout of dedicated MRI simulators.
Austin Authors: Cahoon, Glenn;Skehan, Kate;Elwadia, Doaa;Rai, Robba
Affiliation: Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre
Department of Radiation Oncology, Calvary Mater Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
Liverpool and Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre, Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia.
Issue Date: 5-Jan-2023
Date: 2023
Publication information: Journal of Medical Rradiation Sciences 2023; 70 Suppl 2(Suppl 2)
Abstract: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has proven value in radiotherapy treatment planning (RTP). MRI provides excellent soft tissue contrast, and improves lesion detection, definition and extent, allowing for increased conformal treatment. Recent installation of dedicated MRI simulators and MRI-guided linear accelerators (MR Linacs) within radiation oncology departments has led to a sudden and rapid expansion in the scope of practice for many radiation therapists and MRI radiographers. The lack of current recommendations, guidelines and credentialing for both MRI radiographers and radiation therapists working within these atypical MRI environments poses a significant challenge for the education and training of staff, and the safe operation of these units. This commentary discusses current pathways for radiographers and radiation therapists entering the emerging field of MRI-guided radiation oncology, and the future role of the MRI radiographer in addressing the unique issues found in non-standard MRI environments. The authors draw on their collective experience as MRI radiographers assisting the rollout of dedicated MRI simulators in radiation oncology departments across Australia and reflect on the need for close collaboration between radiographers, radiation therapists and their respective departments. There is also a critical role for professional bodies to play in supporting existing and future roles in MRI and recognising advanced practitioner scope of practice.
DOI: 10.1002/jmrs.646
ORCID: 0000-0001-9046-9993
Journal: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
PubMed URL: 36604384
ISSN: 2051-3909
Type: Journal Article
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