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Radiologists study necessity of additional imaging recommendations in PET/CT oncologic reports
Date:5/3/2012

nal imaging recommendations, but Dr. Shinagare offered some possible explanations. "Some of the factors prompting unnecessary recommendations include reluctance of physicians to accept uncertainty regarding diagnosis, partly driven by legal liability concerns, combined with a failure to fully consider the patients' clinical circumstances and the likely cost-effectiveness of additional imaging tests," he said.

Dr. Shinagare postulated that aspects of the routine clinical workflow for radiologists may have contributed to the 70 percent of additional imaging recommendations that referring physicians did not follow up on. "Radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians may not have access to the complete medical history of patients referred for PET/CT imaging. On the other hand, ordering clinicians usually know the patient record and history, which may put them in a better position to judge the necessity of some recommended imaging tests" said Dr. Shinagare.


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