Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 38, Supplement 4, pp 639–644 | Cite as

Standards for radiology interpretation and reporting in the emergency setting

  • Leonard BerlinEmail author
ALARA: Building Bridges Between Radiology and Emergency Medicine


The radiologist plays a pivotal role in the medical management of injury and illness in both adults and children in the emergency setting. Although the primary role of the radiologist is to assist in establishing a correct diagnosis, the radiologist’s responsibility goes well beyond simple detection and documentation. Communication is fundamental in assuring delivery of quality and safe health care. Lines of communication are most easily recognized between the radiologist and the patient’s health-care provider (e.g., emergency department physician), but they are also becoming increasingly important between the radiologist and the patient. Radiologists must be familiar with both local and national practice guidelines related to the care of the patient in the emergency setting, in relation to both construction of the radiology report and appropriate communication of the results of radiologic studies. Familiarity with these aspects of the radiologists’ responsibilities maximizes the chance of successful outcomes and minimizes the frequency of (and liability for) malpractice.


Communication Emergency department Safety 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyRush North Shore Medical CenterSkokieUSA

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