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Do MRI Reports Contain Adequate Preoperative Staging Information for End Users to Make Appropriate Treatment Decisions for Rectal Cancer?
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PMID:  23143592     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: This study was designed to elicit end-user opinions regarding the importance and diagnostic accuracy of MRI for T-category, threatened or involved circumferential margin (CRMi), and lymph node involvement (LNi) for preoperative staging of rectal cancer and to determine completeness of MRI reports for these elements on a population based level. METHODS: The first part of this study was a mailed survey of surgeons, radiation oncologists, and medical oncologists to elicit their opinions regarding the importance and diagnostic accuracy of T-category, CRMi, and LNi on MRI. The second part of the study was an audit of MRI reports issued for pre-operative staging of rectal cancer to assess the completeness of these reports for T-category, CRMi, and LNi. RESULTS: Although T-category, CRMi, and LNi were considered essential by 97, 94, and 77 % of respondents, respectively, the MRI report audit showed that only 40 % of MRI reports captured all of these elements. The majority of end users reported moderate diagnostic accuracy on MRI for T-category and CRMi and low diagnostic accuracy for LNi (52.3, 43, and 48.5 % respectively). Multivariate analysis showed that specialty was the only independent predictor of correct reporting of the diagnostic accuracy for each of the MRI elements. CONCLUSIONS: While end users consider T-category, CRMi and LNi essential for preoperative staging of rectal cancer, less than 40 % of MRI reports captured all of these elements. Therefore, strategies to improve communication between radiologists and end users are critical to improve the overall quality of care for rectal cancer patients.
Eisar Al-Sukhni; David E Messenger; J Charles Victor; Robin S McLeod; Erin D Kennedy
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-10
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Title:  Annals of surgical oncology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1534-4681     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Surg. Oncol.     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9420840     Medline TA:  Ann Surg Oncol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada.
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