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The practice of radiology needs to change

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 07 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4102
  1. Giles Maskell, radiologist
  1. Truro, UK
  1. gilesmaskell{at}

Current working models and poorly designed working environments need to be improved

The advances in medical imaging over the past few decades are often cited as being among the most important achievements of modern medicine. The diagnostic possibilities afforded by new imaging modalities have driven an explosion in demand for scans of all types.

And yet the ways in which radiologists work have not evolved to the same extent. Yes, the light box has been replaced by a workstation, but the principle of an individual reviewing the images on a single occasion and then issuing a definitive report remains unchanged.

Our current working model was established at a time when an examination consisted of a small number of images and the …

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