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Cycle of abuse goes on

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7380.106/a (Published 11 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:106

Remember referral for imaging is referral for an opinion

  1. Derrick Martin, professor (derrick.martin@smuht.nwest.nhs.uk)
  1. Academic Department of Gastrointestinal Radiology, Department of Radiology, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester M23 9LT
  2. Centre for Rheumatology, University College London, London W1T 4NJ

    EDITOR—Your author, anonymous to us and his radiologist, demanded magnetic resonance imaging and got short shrift.1 The radiologist was probably reporting magnetic resonance—numerous images, taking concentration and time to influence treatment. Because disturbance breaks concentration, increasing error, she was probably as irritated as he would be if disturbed during a ward round. Would he expect to make a surgical referral by a personal appearance in theatre?

    We have half the number of radiologists we need. The need for diagnosis and staging demanded by the Cancer Plan is increasing: surgeons wish to image before operating; we need to police the use of radiation and manage …

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