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September 21, 2011

Avoiding Errors in Radiology: Case-Based Analysis of Causes and Preventive Strategies

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Radiology, NorthShore University HealthSystem–Skokie Hospital, Skokie, Illinois; Rush University Medical College, Chicago, Illinois; and University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago (lberlin@live.com).

JAMA. 2011;306(11):1267-1268. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1340

Errors in diagnostic and interventional radiology are unavoidable, just as they are in all areas of medical practice. Many radiological errors are perceptual: the finding is on the image, but because of an inexplicable “psycho-visual phenomenon” the radiological or interpreting physician simply does not “see” the abnormality. However, many other radiological errors are cognitive: the abnormality is plainly visible but is not appreciated because of lack of knowledge or poor judgment. It is these latter types of errors that Avoiding Errors in Radiology is designed to curtail, if not completely eliminate.