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Appraisal of Reporting of Trauma Images: Implications for Evolving Red-Dot System in Nigeria

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Author Mark C. Okeji, Benjamin E. Udoh M.Sc, Sobechukwu W. Onwuzu
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 533-535
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 6
Issue Date July 01, 2012
Publishing Date July 01, 2012
Keywords Radiographers reporting, Red-dot, Nigeria


An appraisal of reporting of trauma images in secondary and tertiary health care centers in Nigeria was conducted using structured questionnaires. The study sought to evaluate how timely trauma radiographs were reported by radiologists and the implication for recommendation of Red-dot system. Our study revealed that in all the hospitals surveyed only 8(22.2%) have permanent radiologists in her employment and 6(33.3%) have visiting radiologists. All the hospitals have operational emergency departments with a doctor and a nurse designated on duty. The study showed that it takes between 24 to 72 hours to report emergency radiographs in the surveyed hospitals. The absence of prompt reporting of radiographs increased the morbidity and mortality experienced in the surveyed hospitals. There is therefore need to introduce Red-dot system to assist emergency physicians to make prompt and more accurate diagnosis in the absence of a radiologist.

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