Errors in Radiology Reporting

  • Fabio Pinto
  • Stefania Romano
  • Ciro Acampora


What is an error in the medical field? An error is a mistake made in the process of care that results in (or has the potential to result in) harm to patients. Mistakes include the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended or the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim. They can be the result of an action that is taken (error of commission) or of one that is not taken (error of omission) [1].


Radiologic Report Safety Culture Observer Error Medical Malpractice Perceptual Error 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. 1.
    Pronovost PJ, Thompson DA, Holzmueller CG et al (2005) Defining and measuring patient safety. Crit Care Clin 21:1–19PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Reiner BI (2009) The challenges, opportunities, and imperative of structured reporting in medical imaging. J Digit Imaging 22:562–568PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Baker SR, Festa S (1999) The use of teleradiology in an emergency setting with speculation on the near future. Radiol Clin North Am 37:1035–1044PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Pinto A, Brunese L (2010) Spectrum of diagnostic errors in radiology. World J Radiol 28:377–383CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Kundel HL, Nodine CF, Carmody D (1978) Visual scanning, pattern recognition and decision-making in pulmonary nodule detection. Invest Radiol 13:175–181PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Pitman AG (2006) Perceptual error and the culture of open disclosure in Australian radiology. Australian Radiol 50:206–211CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Samuel S, Kundel HL, Nodine CF, Toto LC (1995) Mechanism of satisfaction of search: eye position recordings in the reading of chest radiographs. Radiology 194:895–902PubMedGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    American College of Radiology (2005) ACR practice guideline for communication of diagnostic imaging findings. Practice guideline & technical standards. In ACR (ed) American College of Radiology 2005. ACR, Reston, VA, pp 5–9Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Berlin L (2005) Errors of omission. AJR Am J Roentgenol 185:1416–1421PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Harrigal CL, Erly WK (2007) On-call radiology: community standards and current trends. Semin Ultrasound CT MR 28:85–93PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Enderson BL, Reath DB, Meadors J et al (1990) The tertiary trauma survey: a prospective study of missed injury. J Trauma 30:666–669PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Berlin L (2001) Dot size, lead time, fallibility, and impact on survival: continuing controversies in mammography. AJR Am J Roentgenol 176:1123–1130PubMedGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Kline TJ, Kline TS (1992) Radiologists, communication, and Resolution 5: a medicolegal issue. Radiology 184:131–134PubMedGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Berlin L (2008) Standards for radiology interpretation and reporting in the emergency setting. Pediatr Radiol 38:639–644CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    ESR (2011) Good practice for radiological reporting. Guidelines from the European Society of Radiology (ESR). Insight Imaging 2:93–96CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Italia 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabio Pinto
    • 1
  • Stefania Romano
    • 1
  • Ciro Acampora
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic Radiological Imaging“A. Cardarelli” HospitalNaplesItaly

Personalised recommendations