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An international survey of MRI qualification and certification frameworks with an emphasis on identifying elements of good practice.

Authors
  • Castillo, J1
  • Caruana, C J2
  • Morgan, P S3
  • Westbrook, C4
  • Mizzi, A5
  • 1 Mater Dei Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta, Malta. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Malta)
  • 2 Medical Physics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta, Malta. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Malta)
  • 3 Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering, Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, UK. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 4 Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 5 Medical Imaging Department, Mater Dei Hospital, Malta. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Malta)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Radiography (London, England : 1995)
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2017
Volume
23
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.radi.2016.08.009
PMID: 28290357
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to survey MRI qualification and certification frameworks in the major English-speaking countries (Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada, UK, Ireland) with the aim of identifying elements of good practice. The intention is to incorporate these elements in a national framework that could be used in supporting an MRI specialist register. The study was conducted using document analysis of MRI qualification and certification documents from these states with data triangulated through a web-based questionnaire amongst an expert group of MRI radiographers (n = 59) from the same states. Based on the results of the study, recommendations have been put forward for those countries that are in the process of developing such frameworks. The main recommendations include that a professional or regulatory body externally accredits MRI programmes and that learning outcomes be based on an MRI competence profile that addresses current and forecasted needs of the particular country. The MRI competence profile should encompass a novice-to expert continuum and be referenced directly to a national qualification framework. Ideally each level of expertise should be assessed and evidenced by a portfolio of CPD activities, including clinical and management case studies appropriate to that level.

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