Understanding errors in diagnostic radiology: proposal of a classification scheme and application to emergency radiology.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Errors in image interpretation are a common problem in diagnostic radiology. Although many published articles provide trainees with the means to correctly interpret imaging studies, they do not provide a framework for understanding why and how errors occur. In this article, we propose a classification system that allows categorization of errors, which we hope can serve as a basis for peer review, self-education, and quality improvement programs. Our scheme incorporates elements of a classification system proposed by previous authors but also includes novel categories. In this article, we show the usefulness of our scheme by applying it to a specific, and particularly problematic, diagnosis in emergency radiology, namely that of dural sinus thrombosis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Provenzale, JM; Kranz, PG

Published Date

  • October 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 403 - 408

PubMed ID

  • 21786138

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1438-1435

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10140-011-0974-3


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States