Sustainability of medical imaging

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7449.1201-a (Published 13 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1201

To obtain informed consent from everyone is impossible

  1. Mark Lewars, consultant radiologist (Mark.Lewars@southend.nhs.uk)
  1. Southend Hospital NHS Trust, Westcliff on Sea SS0 0RY

    EDITOR—Picano asks the impossible in suggesting signed informed consent for radiological examinations.1 To obtain consent for every x ray examination, you need prepared information sheets and forms and some staff experience. Then consider the factor of time.

    Allow half a minute each for introducing the documents to the patient, retrieving and checking the forms, fielding average …

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