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dc.contributor.authorMada, Marius Ovidiu
dc.contributor.authorHindmarch, Paula
dc.contributor.authorStirling, James
dc.contributor.authorDavies, James
dc.contributor.authorBrian, David
dc.contributor.authorBarnes, Anna
dc.contributor.authorHammers, Alexander
dc.contributor.authorGulliver, Nick
dc.contributor.authorHerholz, Karl
dc.contributor.authorO'Brien, John
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, John-Paul
dc.description.abstractBackground:After the success of PET/CT as a clinical diagnostic tool, the introduction of PET/MRI is a natural development aimed at further improving combined diagnostic imaging and reduced ionising radiation dose for half-body imaging. As with PET and CT, the combination of PET and MRI presents a series of issues that need to be addressed regarding workforce training and education. At present, there is a lack of agreement over the competencies, training requirements and educational pathways needed for PET/MRI operation. In the UK, following the establishment of the MR-PET imaging network, a task force was created to investigate the status of the workforce training, identify gaps and make recommendations regarding staff training. To do this, we ran a national survey on the status of the workforce training and the local practices across the UK's seven PET/MRI sites, reviewed the literature, and convened a panel of experts, to assess all the evidence and make recommendations regarding PET/MRI competencies and training of nuclear medicine technologists and radiographers. Results:There is limited literature available specifically on competencies and training for technologists and radiographers. The recommendations on the topic needed revisiting and adapting to the UK MR-PET network. The online survey confirmed the need for developing PET/MRI competencies and training pathways. Local organisational structures and practices were shared across the seven sites, based on models derived from experience outside the UK. The panel of experts agreed on the need for PET/MRI competencies and training strategies. Professional organisations started collaborative discussions with partners from both Nuclear Medicine and Radiography to set training priorities. Multidisciplinary collaboration and partnership were suggested as a key to a successful implementation of competencies and training. Conclusions:The report identified the need for establishing competencies for the PET/MRI workforce, particularly for technologists and radiographers. It also helped defining these competencies as well as identifying the demand for bespoke training and the development of local and national courses to be implemented to fulfil this new training need.
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.sourceessn: 2510-3636
dc.sourcenlmid: 101724113
dc.subjectNuclear Medicine Technologists
dc.subjectHybrid Imaging Practitioner
dc.titleCompetencies and training of radiographers and technologists for PET/MR imaging - a study from the UK MR-PET network.
prism.publicationNameEuropean journal of hybrid imaging
dc.contributor.orcidMada, Marius Ovidiu [0000-0002-9903-3835]
pubs.funder-project-idMedical Research Council (MR/M024873/1)
pubs.funder-project-idBritish Heart Foundation (RG/16/10/32375)

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