The American College of Radiology has approved a list of duties for the new position of radiologist assistant that is meant to relieve an ongoing shortage of radiologists.
Development of the list, in concert with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, will "relieve some of the time pressures experienced by radiologists due to ongoing workforce shortages," the college says in a release issued Tuesday.
"This new position will no doubt further change the way we practice radiology," says E. Stephen Amis Jr., M.D., chairman of the college's board of chancellors, in the release.
The college says the new radiologist assistant will be able to:
- Perform patient assessment and management under supervision of a radiologist.
- Obtain consent for and inject agents for diagnostic imaging.
- Obtain clinical history or medical record from patient.
- Perform pre- and postprocedure evaluation of patients.
- Assist radiologists with invasive procedures.
- Perform fluoroscopy for noninvasive procedures under direct supervision of the radiologist
- Monitor and tailor selected exams, such as IVU, CT urogram, GI studies, VCIG and retrograde urethrograms under direct supervision.
- Communicate reports of the radiologist's findings to the referring physician.
- Provide naso-enteric and oro-enteric feeding tube placement in uncomplicated patients.
- Perform selected peripheral venous diagnostic procedures.