Originally Posted by cosake
I understand that it is all about CYA for the tech, but the tech should have the form for people to sign -- not the doctor.
First off, there is no
CYA element in any of this where the technologist is concerned. I don't get what you mean by this.
Also, what form do you have to get from a doctor? I've never seen a radiologist involved in handing out a patient screening form - that form is filled out before a patient is even brought back to the MRI area, so that nobody with a pacemaker or (most) aneurysm clips gets near the magnet. Clerical people give the patient the forms, and then we review them before getting the patient. I suppose some sites may have a radiologist present who obtains consent for the contrast injection, but I've never worked anywhere where this was so. Our patients are generally given the contrast consent form to read and sign in the waiting room, along with the other paperwork. I don't really like that procedure; I think a radiologist should
explain the risks of gadolinium before a patient is asked to sign a consent form.
To be clear, there is no "consent form" for pregnancy. The consent form is for the gadolinium injection. Pregnancy status is just one part of the general patient screening form.