European Radiology

, Volume 19, Issue 10, pp 2326–2332

The role of a consultant radiologist—are patients still in the dark?

  • L. Grant
  • N. Griffin
  • S. McDonald
  • H. Vargas
  • F. Hampson
  • J. C. Vasconcelos
  • R. Sinnatamby
Health Economy


Little is known regarding public awareness of the roles and responsibilities of a consultant radiologist. Between 1 April and 20 May 2008, 916 outpatients attending our radiology department completed a questionnaire addressing this issue. We found public perception variable. Thirty-six percent of respondents thought we were responsible for choosing appropriate imaging; only 65% perceived that we reported studies. Another 38% felt that we did not play an important role in their treatment, and 38% considered that we were not part of their medical team. Thirty-two percent of respondents preferred their hospital consultant to give them their imaging results, with 17% preferring this to come from the radiologist. There is significant under-appreciation of the roles and responsibilities of a consultant radiologist. It is important that we educate the public to ensure that future health policy reflects the increasingly central role imaging plays in health-care delivery.


Radiologist Role Responsibility Public awareness Radiology 


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© European Society of Radiology 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Grant
    • 1
    • 3
  • N. Griffin
    • 1
  • S. McDonald
    • 1
  • H. Vargas
    • 1
  • F. Hampson
    • 1
  • J. C. Vasconcelos
    • 2
  • R. Sinnatamby
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyCambridge University Teaching Hospitals, NHS Foundation TrustCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Centre for Applied Medical Statistics, Department of Public Health and Primary CareUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  3. 3.SittingbourneUK

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