Remove the ‘query’ from your impression! It’s time for a lexicon for conveying certainty

The question mark (or ‘query’ as we call it) is commonly used in medical lingo and formal medical notes; we constantly use it to denote a possible diagnosis. For example, medicine residents may write in their notes ‘History of fever, cough, and weight loss for 2 months; ?Kochs’, and then would present the patient to …

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The Findings (Body) of the Radiology Report: What to say and how to say it?

After discussing how to write a good impression in the previous blog, I will now talk on how to describe findings succinctly but completely. Apart from discussing some basic rules in brief, I will again give examples of how I would describe a particular finding to make it more practical. 1. As discussed in the …

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‘What’s your impression, doctor?’ A guide to writing the perfect radiology impression

The Impression/ Conclusion is probably the most important part of the report. It is the one portion of the report which would almost certainly be read by both the patient and the treating physicians. Busy physicians may unfortunately not find the time to read the entire findings section of the report, and often go directly …

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Anatomy of the Radiology Report

Every radiology report should (and usually does) have a basic structure to it, particularly for CT and MRI reports. Radiologists generally follow this structure as a regular template, or sometimes may follow parts of it subconsciously. But a good way to start our ‘reporting series’ is to discuss the basic structure or the anatomy of …

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The Art and Science of Radiology Reporting

Radiology, like all branches of medicine, is a science, but also with some element of art intermixed in it. There is a lot of art involved in getting an appropriate image; in a sense, the art of radiology and of photography are related. This was even more true in the conventional radiology era, and still …

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