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Telephone Referring Physician About Urgent Findings Before Sending Written Report


Discussion: In 1966, a federal court ruled in favor of a plaintiff for failure of an attending radiologist to telephone an urgent plain film finding of a skull fracture to the emergency department, which resulted in delayed treatment of a head injury. It was not until 1990 that the American College of Radiology recommended that radiologists make direct telephone contact with the referring physician for clinically significant or urgent findings before sending out the written report. more...
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