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Clin Radiol. 2011 Nov;66(11):1015-22. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2011.05.013. Epub 2011 Jul 23.

The radiology report--are we getting the message across?

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Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol, UK.

Abstract

The radiology report is the primary method of communication between radiologist and referrer. Despite this, radiologists receive very little formal training regarding the structure of the radiology report and also its importance as a medico-legal document. We present a review of radiology reporting, highlighting the importance of report structure and language with the purpose of helping radiologists improve the clarity, brevity, pertinence, and readability of reports. We encourage radiologists to avoid hedging and strive to improve communication with referring clinicians.

PMID:
21788016
DOI:
10.1016/j.crad.2011.05.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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