When Radiologists Fail to Communicate Findings and Recommendations
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