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The composition of the radiologic report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1184329     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In order to understand and evaluate fully the composition of the radiologic report, an experiment was performed in which eight readers each read the same 100 chest radiographs. The reports were dissected into individual statements, each of which was analyzed for accuracy, statement type (descriptive or etiologic), confidence, and specificity. In addition, each report was evaluated for stylistic factors of succinctness, orderliness, and the use of supplemental comments. Detailed analysis showed the radiologic report to be a series of largely descriptive statements in which confidence level, specificity, and orderliness were associated with the presence of errors in film interpretation. These factors can serve as important markers for identifying error-laden films. The use of specific, etiologic diagnoses in these film readings was limited. The composition of the report was not related to the length of radiologic training beyond the first year of residency. The implications of these findings concerning report composition in light of present day radiologic practice and new, automated radiologic reporting systems were discussed.
S J Hessel; P G Herman; F L Bookstein; M A Murphy; E Korngold
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Investigative radiology     Volume:  10     ISSN:  0020-9996     ISO Abbreviation:  Invest Radiol     Publication Date:    1975 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-01-10     Completed Date:  1976-01-10     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0045377     Medline TA:  Invest Radiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  385-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Diagnostic Errors
Education, Medical, Graduate / standards
Medical Records / standards*
Radiography / standards*
Radiography, Thoracic
Radiology / education

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