A radiologist reflects on indeterminate findings Radiologists care about their patients, even though most diagnostic radiologists don't meet and greet their patients the same way direct-care clinicians do. Some people have the erroneous perspective that radiologists and pathologists don’t care about the welfare of their patients. It is possible for us to understand that view if we look at radiologists and pathologists as isolated workers who work in ...

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Dont be afraid to ask your radiologist for help It used to be that radiologists mainly helped out your doctor so that they could figure out what was ailing you. Such is no longer the case. Nowadays, with the easy access to almost any doctor of any specialty, you can visit your radiologist, obtain a needed study (or procedure, in the case of an interventional radiologist), and never even see your ...

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I was appalled recently by the coverage of radiology “test recalls” by CNN, amplified by Dr. Gary Becker of the American Board of Radiology (ABR). For decades, residents have studied for their rites of passage Board examinations at the end of residencies. Radiology being no exception, I vividly remember spending innumerable hours with my co-residents, heads buried in books, papers and other study guides, to ready ourselves for the ...

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Radiology is the cornerstone of any hospital. An efficient, high-quality, well-run radiology department increases patient satisfaction as a result of its ability to improve patient care. Over time, a well-run radiology department adds significant patient volumes to the hospital, which, of course, favorably enhances the hospital's bottom line. Regardless of whether the hospital is not-for-profit or for-profit, a smooth-sailing radiology department vastly increases the profitability of the hospital. The ...

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As a physician, and as an interventional radiologist, I consult with many patients. Similar to anyone who sees and talks with many people, I encounter a significant diversity of personality types, cultures and attitudes. One thing I have noticed is that each person has a certain level of expectation regarding their care, illness, and our potential interaction. I have visited with many people who are simply happy to have someone ...

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There are many aspects to being a doctor. Just as important are the many aspects that go into being a patient. Of course, the difference is that one has been perceived as being a position of power and the other one has not. I don’t believe this distinction is useful or true in today's world. Patients and doctors work ...

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When I was a medical student on my first clinical rotation, obstetrics, I was criticized for not using enough medical jargon when I spoke to the patients. I took that criticism as a compliment and have always attempted to speak clearly and without too much "inflation" of my terms. In my opinion, the more clearly we physicians communicate, the better will be our patients' understanding of their ailments. The important topic of doctor-patient communication led a ...

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In a report from the Archives of Internal Medicine, it was reported that most hospitalized patients (82%) could not accurately name the physician responsible for their care and almost half of the patients did not even know their diagnosis or why they were admitted.  Of the physicians, 67% thought the patients knew their name and 77% of doctors thought the patients "understood their diagnoses at least somewhat well". ...

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Who ever said you have to stay with the same doctor? I am always disappointed when I hear the stories that some people relate about how they sat and told their doctor this and that and that he/she didn't listen, didn't know what to do, didn't care, etc. Makes me sad of course, because I know how easy it is to just listen and look people in the eyes when they ...

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Radiation is emitted in various forms. Recently, CT scan radiation has preoccupied (or “absorbed”) the attention of the public and media. As explained: “X rays, γ rays, and neutron beams are considered ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation may break molecules into pieces, creating ionic free radicals that can be very damaging to tissue.” For this reason, it is imperative that the use of radiation is only by highly trained personnel and that ...

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