The accuracy of image interpretation is the most essential element of diagnostic radiology. In most training programs, radiology residents provide preliminary interpretation of studies done outside of regular hours and on weekends when the attending neuroradiologist is not available.
Referring clinicians, mostly emergency department (ED) physicians, trauma surgeons, and neurosurgeons, make treatment decisions and depend solely on the preliminary interpretation by on-call residents.
A quality assurance (QA) database of neuroradiology CT examinations was reviewed to compare preliminary interpretations by on-call residents with final analyses by attending neuroradiologists during a 12-month period. "Out of 6852 cases reviewed, there were 252 with disagreements," said Asako Miyakoshi, M.D., lead author of the study. "Of those, 226 were confirmed as resident errors, which included 171 that were significant. Among the 171 significant cases, 105 had no change in clinical management and 55 required some change," said Miyakoshi.
"Significant misses and misinterpretations may result in delayed diagnosis, changed management, require additional tests, adversely affect patient outcomes or cause prolonged hospital stay," she said.
"Although the results of our study were positive, continued monitoring of the residents' performances is important to maintain or improve patient safety," said Miyakoshi.
The December issue of JACR is an important resource for radiology and nuclear medicine professionals as well as students seeking clinical and educational improvement.
To receive an electronic copy of an article appearing in JACR or to set up an interview with a JACR author or another ACR member, please contact Heather Curry at 703-390-9822 or email@example.com.
New study from the University of Halle: How climate change alters plant growth
12.01.2018 | Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Disarray in the brain
18.12.2017 | Universität zu Lübeck
What enables electrons to be transferred swiftly, for example during photosynthesis? An interdisciplinary team of researchers has worked out the details of how...
For the first time, scientists have precisely measured the effective electrical charge of a single molecule in solution. This fundamental insight of an SNSF Professor could also pave the way for future medical diagnostics.
Electrical charge is one of the key properties that allows molecules to interact. Life itself depends on this phenomenon: many biological processes involve...
At the JEC World Composite Show in Paris in March 2018, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be focusing on the latest trends and innovations in laser machining of composites. Among other things, researchers at the booth shared with the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) will demonstrate how lasers can be used for joining, structuring, cutting and drilling composite materials.
No other industry has attracted as much public attention to composite materials as the automotive industry, which along with the aerospace industry is a driver...
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and Tohoku University have developed high-quality GFO epitaxial films and systematically investigated their ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties. They also demonstrated the room-temperature magnetocapacitance effects of these GFO thin films.
Multiferroic materials show magnetically driven ferroelectricity. They are attracting increasing attention because of their fascinating properties such as...
The oceans are the largest global heat reservoir. As a result of man-made global warming, the temperature in the global climate system increases; around 90% of...
08.01.2018 | Event News
11.12.2017 | Event News
08.12.2017 | Event News
17.01.2018 | Ecology, The Environment and Conservation
17.01.2018 | Physics and Astronomy
17.01.2018 | Awards Funding