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Analysis of Radiological Case Presentations and their Impact on Therapy and Treatment Concepts in Internal MedicineArticle in several languages: English | deutsch
04 September 2015
01 September 2016
01 March 2017 (online)
Purpose Evaluation of clinical impact regarding diagnostic and therapeutic changes influenced by interdisciplinary radiological case presentations.
Materials and Methods Prospective evaluation of radiological-gastrointestinal clinical case conferences over a 1-year period at a tertiary care center. We documented the preparation (phase 1) and clinical case conference (phase 2) regarding their impact on the radiology report and further diagnostic work-up and therapy.
Results 1067 examinations were evaluated in 69 clinical case conferences including 487 cases. We calculated a mean time of 35.8 minutes per conference with 5.1 minutes per case for preparation. During phase 1, major changes compared to the previous report were found in 1.2 % of cases, and no change was found in 91.4 % of cases. In phase 2 an additional relevant finding was found in 0.6 % of cases, while there was no major change to the reports in 99 % of cases. We recommended further radiological diagnostic workup in 9 % of cases and interventional radiological examination in 2.7 % of cases, while no change was documented in 83.2 %. Further radiological or surgical therapy was recommended in 7 % and 6.8 % of cases, respectively. There was no change in therapy in 78.5 % of cases.
Conclusion The analysis of an interdisciplinary radiological case presentation in internal medicine shows that the case discussion with the radiologist results in a change in patient management in 37.3 % of cases (16.8 % diagnosis, 21.5 % therapy). Overall, interdisciplinary radiological clinical case conferences help to improve the management and quality of patient care. Our data support the broad implementation of radiological clinical case conferences.
The second opinion obtained during the preparation of a radiological case presentation does not change the written report in most cases.
“Talking radiology” in radiological case presentations results in a significant change in patient management in over ⅓ of all cases.
In radiological clinical case conferences an experienced radiologist can initiate diagnostic and interventional radiological methods that can be correctly implemented in therapeutic pathways.
“Talking radiology” improves the quality of therapy and patient care.
Dendl L. M., Teufel A., Schleder S. et al. Analysis of Radiological Case Presentations and their Impact on Therapy and Treatment Concepts in Internal Medicine. Fortschr Röntgenstr 2017; 189: 239 – 246
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