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October 15, 1982

The Radiologist as a Consultant

Author Affiliations

Youngstown, Ohio

JAMA. 1982;248(15):1831. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330150025005

To the Editor.—  The following is in response to the view of Marc J. Homer, MD (1981;246:2581), that the radiologist should be considered as a consultant and to his comments in answer to Warren Bosley, MD (1982; 247:2233).It is commonly accepted practice in most hospitals that a consultant consults when he is invited to do so by the attending physician. This is true in the large majority of specialties and subspecialties, with one outstanding exception—radiology. When there is a necessity for imaging, most hospital rules require obligatory radiological "consultation." This is untrue of almost any other specialty area. If the radiologist wants to be considered a consultant similar to other consultants, why, then, should his opinion be regarded as obligatory and other specialists' opinions be dispensable? The attending physician should be given the same discretionary judgment regarding radiological consultation as he is given with other consultants.In Dr Homer's