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A 54-year-old female asked:
are radiology reports accurate?
5 doctor answers • 14 doctors weighed in
Radiology 47 years experience
Depends: It depends on the quality of the study being read, the skill of the radiologist, information about the patients' condition provided to the radiologist (the history), and other factors including the type of exam that was done. No matter how good the radiologist is, there will be some reports that miss something or come to a conclusion that does not pan out. Nature of the beast.
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Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Why wouldn't they be? What would be the point of writing the reports then? They are read by medical doctors specializing in radiology. They are a tool towards diagnosis and treatment - just like blood tests.
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Mammography, Breast Ultrasound 47 years experience
Yes. : Yes, as long as the radiologist has an accurate history and physical findings as well as recent lab data, and considering the exam is of optimal quality. With the exception of the quality which is able to be controlled by the radiologist, all other parameters are supplied by the referring doc. The more accurate his info, the better the radiologists interpretation.
5090 viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
Within the confines: of the human condition(i.e. we are imperfect creatures in an imperfect world), yes. Radiologists are no more or less accurate than other highly trained experts in their fields.
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Radiology 41 years experience
Interesting question: Like any test, no result is 100% accurate. Many issue can cause inaccuracies. In radiology, humans interpret images. We all have our good days and bad days. Misses, mistakes and transciption errors lead the list of causes of inaccuracies. This has been studied extensively. Radiologists are continually trying to improve and reduce errors.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
My doctor is too busy and 'forgets' to put requisition through? Can I just schedule my own test in radiology?
6 doctor answers • 12 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 57 years experience
No: You might want 2 enlist the help of his nurse.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
What radiology scans have white backgrounds and which ones have black backgrounds?
5 doctor answers • 18 doctors weighed in
Radiology 26 years experience
Interesting question: Xray, ct scan, MRI scan, ultrasound have black backgrounds. Nuclear medicine scans such as bone scans, pet/ct scans, and gallbladder scans have white backgrounds.
5716 viewsAnswered >2 years ago
A 43-year-old member asked:
Is working in a radiology department longterm unsafe?
4 doctor answers • 17 doctors weighed in
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A 28-year-old male asked:
What is the definition or description of: radiology?
3 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Better: Check out wiki.
5452 viewsReviewed Mar 14, 2019
A 27-year-old female asked:
Why is getting radiology so expensive? Are the prices inflated to cover the cost of the equipment, or is there a pricy input? Is it the radiologist?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Radiology 21 years experience
Several factors: Advanced imaging equipment is very expensive to purchase, install and maintain (e.g., ct, mri, pet). Part of a charge for a radiology study covers this "technical" component. Technologists who operate the machines are highly skilled and therefore expensive. Finally, a radiologist interprets the images. There is a "professional" component to cover this portion of the exam.
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Last updated Nov 29, 2020
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