Transgender health and medicine - Are radiological devices prepared?

Eur J Radiol. 2022 Jun;151:110320. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2022.110320. Epub 2022 Apr 18.


Background & aims: To determine if radiological hard- and software offers options beyond the binary female / male classification.

Methods: We surveyed thirteen radiological hardware and six radiological software vendors about the options to enter patient gender.

Results: Six of thirteen hardware and five of six software vendors replied to our inquiry. All vendors except one offered a third option in addition to male / female.

Conclusion: We found that most hard- and software systems provide with a third option for patient gender. These systems allow radiology personnel to accurately document patient gender in the medical record and contribute to an inclusive patient experience in the radiology department. Registering the biological sex in addition to gender may further improve medical care.

Keywords: Gender Identity; Radiology; Radiology Information Systems; Trans persons.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Radiology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Transgender Persons*