Saturday, September 19, 2009
Oh, I miss the days when you got a radiology report that said, "fracture right 3rd rib, no pneumothorax". Because of frivolous lawsuits radiologists have learned to be vague, noncommital and to pass the buck of possible litigation. So now you get a 2 page report that says "linear lucency in right 3rd rib, clinical correlation recommended, underinflated lung fields can not exclude underlying intersititial disease and or masses. CT recommended for futher evaluation, if condition warrants." along with several other paragraphs of lawyer imposed legalmedspeak. The radiologists are not the only ones who are protecting themselves from possible lawsuits. Pathology is right there. Once a lymph node biopsy they used to say "node consistent with reactive process". Now they give the ratios of the B and T cells and dont even bother to tell you what they think it is, you have to decide and therefore assume all the responsibility. Aint it great. We think we are the surgeons but the radiologists and pathologists have learned to amputate themselves from the disease of "joint and severable lawsuits".