As usual, please record the time of the first brain imaging in Q2.4. This should not change from your current practice.
If a more advanced method of imaging was undertaken during the patient’s first visit to the Radiology Department/scanner, this should be recorded in Q2.4.1. For example, if a patient had a plain CT followed by a CT angiogram (CTA) followed by a CT perfusion (CTP) on the same first visit, the time of the plain CT would be recorded in Q2.4 and then “CT perfusion” will be chosen in Q2.4.1. If a patient only had a plain CT, the time of the plain CT would be recorded in Q2.4 and then “plain CT” will be chosen in Q2.4.1.
Teams will not lose their best practice tariff as they continue to record the time in Q2.4 in the same way as usual. For Q2.4.1, we are interested in the proportion of patients having more than a plain CT on their first visit.
Q2.4.1 was added to the SSNAP dataset in July 2021. Find out more about the 2021 dataset changes here: https://ssnap.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/360005655058-Dataset-Changes-2021