Categories of Errors in Imaging

  • Haris Chrysikopoulos


The various errors can be assigned to misperception, misinterpretation, blind spots, omission, poor expression, delayed delivery of the report, or miscommunication with the referring physician. Failure to detect the abnormality is the most frequent error type. Misinterpretation of a finding leads to underdiagnosis or overdiagnosis. Blind spots are anatomic areas that do not usually flag our attention, becoming thus a convergence point for biases, perception errors, and judgment errors. Faults of omission occur (a) when we abandon our visual search before collecting all key, significant, or pertinent findings, (b) when we rush though the patient’s prior imaging and prior reports, and (c) when we do not ask for assistance or verification when reading a case that challenges our comfort zone. The term “expression errors” means dictating a suboptimal report, a topic that is covered in great detail in Chap.  4. Verbal and timely communication with the referring physician is indicated for all significant findings, a topic also covered extensively in Chap.  4.


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  • Haris Chrysikopoulos
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  1. 1.CT & MR DivisionEurodiagnosis Imaging CenterCorfuGreece

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