The Huffington Post—August 19, 2009
by Helene Pavlov, MD, FACR
Hospital for Special Surgery
My response included the following:
[Untrained physicians] feel as though there's a magic button that they will press that will give them an image, and they will rely on either the technologist or the sonographer to get the image; expertise and quality control parameters for image acquisition may or may not exist within their practice.
Non-radiology physicians do not get extensive training in imaging and their certification boards do not test for imaging expertise. Patients, and possibly third-party payers, are not always informed accordingly and may not be aware of the importance and difficulty of achieving quality images. They may also not recognize the difference between the interpretations of a radiologist who does not self refer and those of a non-radiologist physician who may benefit by generating the need for additional self referred imaging examinations.
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