The adaptation of the radiologic technician to new technologies

OBJECTIVE: The present study was aimed at evaluating radiologic technicians' capacity to adapt to new technologies, besides investigating which factors could be related to the implementation of new technologies and to identify some of its possible advantages and disadvantages as well. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present descriptive and cross-sectional study evaluated data collected by means of a structured questionnaire divided into four components: sample characterization, evaluation of the opinion about new technologies, information system satisfaction scale, and scale of overall assessment of information systems. Data anonymity and confidentiality were assured. The sample included 58 radiologic technicians working at healthcare institutions of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal. RESULTS: The data have allowed the author to observe that all the technicians were unanimous in considering that new technologies represent important and useful tools in their daily activity, with advantages in terms of facility to access the patients' radiological data, decrease in data loss, faster examinations and data accuracy. CONCLUSION: In general, one can conclude that radiologic technicians could satisfactorily adapt themselves to new technologies implemented in their respective departments.

Radiology; Technological development; Adaptation

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