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December 4, 1981

A Radiologist's Point of View

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Radiology, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston.

JAMA. 1981;246(22):2581-2582. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320220031018

AFTER the clinician indicates the examination he wants on the x-ray requisition, there are four choices he has regarding what to do about the section of the form reserved for clinical information. This space will either (1) remain blank, (2) contain incorrect clinical information, (3) contain correct clinical information totally irrelevant to the examination being requested, or (4) contain information that is appropriate to the examination ordered. Having spent the last eight years as a radiologist in three different medical centers, seven community hospitals, and four private offices, it is apparent to me that the options chosen do not relate to the setting of either academia or private practice. It is a function of the individual rather than a function of the institution. Some physicians view the x-ray requisition as an order to the radiologist to perform a particular imaging procedure, and the radiologist's role is to perform the examination