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Perspectives on Safety > Perspective
with commentary by Antonio Pinto, MD, PhD, Safety in Radiology, October 2013
This piece explores how to mitigate risks associated with radiology procedures.
Journal Article > Commentary
Kruskal JB, Siewert B, Anderson SW, Eisenberg RL, Sosna J. Radiographics. 2008;28:1237-1250.
This article describes a process for analyzing adverse events and explains concepts including error detection, reporting, disclosure, risk management, and education, along with suggestions to prevent future errors.
Journal Article > Study
Petinaux B, Bhat R, Boniface K, Aristizabal J. Am J Emerg Med. 2011;29:18-25.
This study found that only 3% of radiographs were misinterpreted by emergency physicians on a subsequent interpretation by a radiology attending. The most commonly missed findings included fractures, dislocations, and pulmonary nodules. A past AHRQ WebM&M commentary discussed radiographic errors in the emergency department.
Communicating Radiation Risks in Paediatric Imaging: Information to Support Healthcare Discussions About Benefit and Risk.
Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2016. ISBN: 9789241510349.
Overuse of diagnostic imaging poses patient safety hazards, particularly for children. This report reviews techniques clinicians can use to discuss risks associated with using radiologic procedures with parents of pediatric patients. The publication includes answers to common questions about various types of tests and tips for enhancing conversations with parents.
Special or Theme Issue
Bruno MA, Johnson K, Argy N, Graber ML, eds. Diagnosis. 2017;4:111-191.
Radiology plays a unique role in the determination of a diagnosis. Cognitive and system elements in radiology can contribute to overuse, diagnostic error, and delays. Articles in this special issue discuss communication, information overload, and uncertainty in radiology and describe projects working toward improving safety of radiological imaging.