Medical imaging techniques: implications for nursing care
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Medical imaging techniques: implications for nursing care

Alison Malcolm Welfare rights officer, Margaret Blackwood Housing Association, Edinburgh

The four basic techniques of medical imaging are X-ray, ultrasound, magnetic resonance and radionuclide. This article describes imaging techniques that display anatomical structure and those that are better at showing the physiological function of organs and tissues. Safety and preparation relating to nursing practice are discussed. Understanding the purpose and limitations of the different imaging techniques is important for providing best patient care.

Nursing Standard. 20, 41, 46-51. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.06.20.41.46.c6550