Blog | Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The power of the personal touch

Today's Wall Street Journal reports on a new study that found radiologists are more apt to make incidental findings when a head shot is included in a patient's file. The authors concluded that patient photos should be attached to patient files from now on-- a suggestion that others at the Radiological Society of North America (where the study is being presented) reportedly balked at. The "personal touch" provided by the photos would probably wear off over time, and including photos could lead to stereotyping and bias in interpreting results, the detractors said.
Instead of taking mug shots, prescribing clinicians should do a better job of filling out requests for scans by providing as much up-front information as possible for the radiologist, one doc said.