While it is becoming easier to reduce the amount of studies that are rejected by radiologists, there are still a number of factors that can lead to rejection. Radiologists simply cannot make an accurate evaluation if insufficient or incorrect information is provided. It is imperative that imaging studies perform in both an appropriate and cost-effective manner. Gaining a better understanding of reasons for rejection can help reduce the chances for rejection.
- Imaged study does not match study description. The center submits a study that has a description of right foot and the images provided are labeled left. For liability purposes the radiologist is required to produce a report based on the images that have been provided to him/her.
- A tech sheet is not provided.
- Prior studies that were completed at the center where the patient is currently having an exam are not included with current study.
- Clinical history is not provided.
- Prior reports for studies that were completed at an outside facility are not included with the submitted exam.
While software and technology can make it faster and cheaper, it can also lead to a greater chance of error and rejection. The whole story needs be told to get an accurate read. Personal connections between patients, clinicians and the radiologists add the personal touch that leads to better understanding along with quicker and more accurate studies. Having the access to direct consultation with clinicians can be more effective and efficient for both clinicians and radiologists, reducing the chances for rejection on studies.