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dc.contributor.authorWaaler, Dag
dc.contributor.authorHammer, Sigrid
dc.contributor.authorLangdalen, Camilla Carlsson
dc.contributor.authorHaug, Linn Therese Håkonsen
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: Radiographer´s usual role in the medical imaging chain is to acquire relevant and qualitatively good images that help the radiologist or physician to diagnose most accurately. After the image acquisition, the radiographer does a quality evaluation based on established imaging criteria to decide if the image is satisfactory, or otherwise reject it and subsequently take a new one. Contrary to expectations that the number of image rejects should decrease substantially with the introduction of digital imaging, a number of studies have shown that it has not, although the reasons for rejects has changed from exposure errors to positioning and centring errors. Very little research has been on examining how radiographers visually perceive and evaluate the X-ray images in this acceptance/rejection process. Purpose: Investigate how radiographers and radiography students visually perceives X-ray images in the process of accepting or rejecting them on basis of radiographic imaging criteria, and see if there are differences in strategies across experience levels. Materials and methods: Three radiography students and five radiographers with varying years of experience were given the task of accepting or rejecting shoulder and knee projection images based on positioning criteria. Using eye tracking, we measured the participants’ number and duration of gaze fixations within 1) the field of view defined by the monitor display, 2) the part of the monitor displaying the X-ray image only, and 3) the region within the X-ray images considered to be most relevant given the imaging criteria task. The quantitative eye-tracking measurements were followed-up by four qualitative questions. Results: Some differences in fixation patterns between the groups were found; the medium experienced radiographers spent statistically significant lesser number of fixations and lesser average single fixation durations than both the radiography students and the most experienced radiographers did, whereas the two latter groups scored almost equally. Conclusion: The study revealed that work experience might have some influence on how radiographers and radiography students assess X-ray images, but in subtler ways than expected. The study also revealed, however, quite large individual differences across experience.nb_NO
dc.description.abstractHow radiographers visually perceive X-ray images with the task of accepting or rejecting them – a pilot studynb_NO
dc.publisherHøgskolen i Oslo og Akershusnb_NO
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleHow radiographers visually perceive X-ray images with the task of accepting or rejecting them – a pilot studynb_NO
dc.typeJournal articlenb_NO
dc.typePeer reviewednb_NO
dc.source.journalRadiography Opennb_NO
dc.description.localcodeCopyright the Authors. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.nb_NO
cristin.unitnameInstitutt for helsevitenskap Gjøvik

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