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April 9, 1982

The Radiologist as Consultant

Author Affiliations

South Louisiana Medical Center Houma

JAMA. 1982;247(14):1935. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320390019009

To the Editor.—  Marc J. Homer, MD, in his COMMENTARY, "A Radiologist's Point of View" (1981;246:2581), has pointed out an important aspect of medical practice. I agree absolutely with him and support his statement that a radiologist is a consultant and a specialist in his own field and that a request for a diagnostic test is not an order to a technician to perform certain mechanical adjustments to an x-ray machine but a true consultation between physicians, and his advice should always be taken into consideration.I am a cardiothoracic surgeon working in a teaching institution. I always insist that our residents maintain communication with all departments in our hospital. It is simply a matter of professional courtesy and education, and the way we train them will reflect later in their behavior during their practice years.