Radiology is the branch of medicine that pertains to the study and application of imaging technology like x-rays and radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Various radiographic imaging technology used in disease diagnosis include conventional x-ray imaging, ultrasound, computed tomograph (CT), computed axial tomography (CAT), positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
A radiology report is the chief means of communication between the radiologist and the referring physician. It conveys a concise and accurate depiction of the skeletal structure or internal anatomy of the patient and helps the doctor to arrive at a well-informed diagnosis of the illness ailing the patient and a suitable treatment plan.
The ideal qualities of a radiology report are clarity, brevity, timeliness, and clinical correlation.
Ambiguous, overextended, and confusing reports can reduce the functional value of the imaging procedure, misleading the referring physician and leading to a faulty or erroneous diagnosis and possibly delayed or inappropriate course of treatment.
Delayed issue of radiologic reports from the radiologist can also prove equally frustrating to the referring physician as well as the patient, especially in the case of medical problems requiring urgent attention.
The average time lapse between initial patient registration for radiologic procedure and the issue of final radiographic data report is between 2-6 days.
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