Patients open to hearing imaging results from radiologists

Most patients who undergo a medical imaging procedure would prefer to discuss the test's findings with the radiologist interpreting the test, as well as their ordering provider, according to research published this month in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Of 86 patients surveyed between December 2010 and June 2011, 81 percent prior to imaging said they wanted to hear from both providers; that number increased to 91 percent after consultation.

"Most patients find radiologist consultation beneficial," the study's authors said. "Patients are comfortable hearing results from the radiologist, with most displaying decreased anxiety after consultation," they wrote. Abstract