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Requesting Imaging Studies

Donna Magid, MD, M.Ed

One does not ‘order’ an exam, one requests a consultation from a Radiologist. The actual process of inputting a request, either on-line through Physician Order Entry (POE), Epic, or via the fax forms on the floor, is subject to constant change; therefore showing you the actual mechanics will be left up to the individual floors and services. In the same vein, many studies—especially after 5 PM or on weekends—must be approved in direct discussion with the relevant Radiologist. Again, the array of timetables and phone numbers—where to call until 5 PM, where to call nights and weekends, which subspecialty service, who is on call—is confusing and in constant flux.

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Introduction to the ACR Appropriateness Criteria

Donna Magid, MD, M.Ed

"What to Order When”

The American College of Radiology (ACR) supports an Appropriateness Criteria (AC) site, which is a valuable reference for students endeavoring to fathom what imaging study might be desirable under which clinical circumstances, and why. This site ranks possible imaging alternatives (plain film aka radiography; CT, US, MRI, etc.) from 9 (best choice) to 1 (least appropriate) for a number of constantly reviewed and updated clinical scenarios.   Site is at www.acr.org

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Basic Principles and Introduction to Chest Radiographs

Basic Radiology Module
Transition to the Wards 2011, revised 2016 D. Magid MD M.Ed

Kopal Kulkarni MS IV and Donna Magid MD, M.Ed

Requesting an imaging study

While giving a brilliant patient presentation on rounds, you mention that your patient would benefit from getting diagnostic imaging. The resident says, “Great, go for it.” Now what?