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Bariatric diagnostic CT scanning: A radiotherapy perspective

Weaving, V.; Fox, L.; Smith, S.; Smith, Simon; St John-Matthews, J.; Fox, Louise; Weaving, Victoria


V. Weaving

L. Fox

S. Smith

Simon Smith

Louise Fox

Victoria Weaving


© 2015 The College of Radiographers. Obesity is increasing in the United Kingdom. Equipment available for this patient group including wheelchairs, beds and hoists is becoming more common in the hospital environment; diagnostic imaging equipment that can accommodate bariatric patients has not increased at the same rate. Subsequently these service-users are often unable to receive "gold-standard" cross-sectional imaging within their patient-pathway. This paper highlights how a diagnostic imaging department has utilised wide-bore CT scanning equipment within the radiotherapy setting to ensure an equitable service for all service users. Through literature review and local experience, a standard operating procedure and scanning service has been developed. Areas explored include technical consideration of scanner design; patient positioning; image artefacts and intravenous contrast administration. Also investigated is patient wellbeing incorporating manual handling, respiration and psycho-social needs.Additionally, demonstration of how interprofessional collaboration by diagnostic and radiotherapy radiographers can ensure the best imaging experience and outcome for this patient group.


Weaving, V., Fox, L., Smith, S., Smith, S., St John-Matthews, J., Fox, L., & Weaving, V. (2015). Bariatric diagnostic CT scanning: A radiotherapy perspective. Radiography, 21(3), 288-293.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Radiography
Print ISSN 1078-8174
Electronic ISSN 1532-2831
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 3
Pages 288-293
Keywords collaboration, bariatric, computed tomography, manual handling
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