Abdominal X-Ray

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Optimises room lighting
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Verifies the patient details (name, date of birth, hospital number)
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Checks the position markers and whether film is supine or erect
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Assesses the penetration of the film
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Identifies if any contrast has been used
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Inspects the gas patterns of the abdomen
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Looks for any calcification in the kidneys, gall bladder, pancreas or elsewhere
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Looks at the surrounding soft tissue for any lesions
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Examines the bones for deformities, fractures, metastases or other lesions
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Looks for any artefacts such as lines
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Summarises the findings
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Offers appropriate differential diagnoses
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Examiner global score: confidence, methodical and proficient
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Anonymous
18 May 2016 at 17:56 delete

"Optimises room lighting"

Does that mean we are to expect one of the old school X-Ray films and not one on a computer as in every hospital?

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18 May 2016 at 21:02 delete

It is meant to be on a screen although rarely appears before final year as a station. That said you can't change the brightness of it like you can on the computer system. I think in real life it is important to keep in mind looking at x rays in darker areas (even if you can change brightness) for better contrast, but in the OSCE just like in examinations where patients will already be adequately exposed; the light levels should already be adequate.

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