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RISK MANAGEMENT PUBLICATION

When Radiologists Fail to Communicate Findings and Recommendations

April 2020

This article addresses two specific communication error scenarios that appear to be trending upward in NORCAL Group claims against radiologists. The first involves a radiologist’s failure to make recommendations for further studies in response to an ordering physician’s demands. The second involves failures to diagnose lung cancer following an incidental finding of an opacity, nodule, mass, or lesion on lung images, which should have been directly communicated.

CASE ONE
Radiologist Failure to Recommend Further Studies

SPECIAL FEATURE
Radiology Report Structure, Organization, and Clarity
CASE TWO
Incidental Findings of Potential Malignancies in Pre-Operative Radiographs

CASE THREE
Discrepant and Incidental Pulmonary Findings in ED Imaging

 

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