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More money, better care hinge on wider use of images

Radiologists express their diagnostic findings in words, their exam reports typically containing not a single image. They would be better served politically, and their referring physicians and patients clinically, if they shared their images as well as their conclusions.

While text-only reports get the job done, images may enable the referring physician to put together treatment plans for the patient more rapidly and with increased confidence, according to Veena Iyer, a research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. Iyer documented the benefits of images embedded in radiology reports during a study she conducted at MGH and published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

See full article and related articles at DiagnosticImaging.com

This article was republished with permission from CMPMedica, LLC

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