(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- 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.
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