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How We Safely Transfer a Patient from One Bed to Another

Post Date: May 29, 2021
How We Safely Transfer a Patient from One Bed to Another

Patients are usually in the supine position for CTMRI, nuclear medicine, X-ray, or ultrasound exams. There are a few exceptions, such as getting a chest or foot X-ray where the patient is standing up. Sometimes for ultrasound exams, children need to be held by their parents if they are too young to remain still. 

For CT, MRI and nuclear medicine exams, we use a specialized bed that helps to place our patients in the correct position, getting them in and out of the scanning machine. Often our patients are transferred on a hospital bed, especially in MRI, and need to be moved to a scanning bed. The attached video is a tutorial we show to our staff on how to transfer our patients from one bed to another safely. 


Meredith Towbin, copy editor



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About the author: Glenn Miñano

Glenn Miñano is a media specialist in the Department of Radiology, providing graphic design, photography, printing, video services, and administration of the department’s online properties. His works have been published in several medical articles, such as the American Journal of Radiology and the American Institute of Ultrasound. He has been providing these services to the Radiology Department since 1996.