The ASRT Radiologic Sciences Staffing and Workplace Survey 2021 was conducted in February and included 457 radiology department managers across the U.S., most of whom (50.3%) work in hospitals.
It found vacancy levels for almost every modality decreased compared to the previous year. Exceptions were bone densitometry, which showed a slight vacancy rate increase, and MRI, which stayed steady, the society said.
The survey also found the following:
- Of those surveyed, 48.6% of respondents said their facility staff had adequate access to personal protective equipment throughout the pandemic.
- Of those surveyed, 46.2% said their department experienced decreased throughput during the pandemic.
- An average of 68.3% of staff in imaging departments were at least partially vaccinated.
- An average of 15% of staff in imaging departments contracted COVID-19 at some point during the pandemic.
The average number of full-time radiographers per imaging facility increased from 8.7 in 2019 to 9.3 in 2021, the ASRT said.
"This year saw a decrease in vacancy rates across most of the disciplines that we are tracking," said John Culbertson, ASRT director of research, in a statement released by the society. "However, caution should be taken when interpreting and generalizing this data due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey results should be viewed as a snapshot specific to the dates in which the data was collected."
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