Emergency Radiology

, 18:403 | Cite as

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

  • James M. ProvenzaleEmail author
  • Peter G. Kranz
Original 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.


Error Classification Dural sinus thrombosis Quality assessment 


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© Am Soc Emergency Radiol 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Department of OncologyEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Department of Biomedical EngineeringEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA

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