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2. Successful control depends on having an adequate clinical history available. 1 MANAGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTMTES 1 35 Control: 1. Retrospective or prospective reviews of requests for imaging studies shall be conducted periodically, noting the percentage of studies with appropriate written requests versus the percentage without. EXAMPLE E Procedure: Wearing of gown Objective: 1. To avoid artifactual images produced by clothing and jewelry on diagnostic images. 2. To ensure patient privacy and security of possessions.

Comment: The time interval between patient arrival and patient release is a critical measure of the efficiency of the imaging service. These data should be reviewed periodically. EXAMPLE 0 Procedure: Interpretation of radiographs Objective: To assess accurately the clinical status of the patient and diagnose accurately any disease process. Comment: This is the primary objective of the entire image facility. It is the most important aspect of the facility operation. 1 MANAGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTIVITIES 1 41 and consultation with the referring physician.

EXAMPLE G Procedure: Patient identification Objective: 1. To preclude performing an examination on the wrong patient. 2. To avoid unproductive patient irradiation. Comment: 1. Examination of the wrong patient subjects that patient to unnecessary irradiation and is a waste of time and film. This is a problem with children, the elderly, the hard-of-hearing, or the frightened patient who often responds to the wrong name. Suggested Policy: The identity of every patient shall be established beyond doubt by the technologist before the radiographs are exposed.

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