Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
General Radiology - Original Article

Radiological report: expectations of clinicians


Departments of Radiology, Kütahya Evliya Çelebi Government Hospital, Kütahya, Turkey


Department of Radiology, Uludağ University School of Medicine, Bursa, Turkey


Departments of Radiation Oncology, Kütahya Evliya Çelebi Government Hospital, Kütahya, Turkey

Diagn Interv Radiol 2010; 16: 179-185
DOI: 10.4261/1305-3825.DIR.2820-09.1
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Although there have been many publications on composing an accurate radiological report, they usually do not include an assessment of the clinicians' expectations from a radiological report. In this study, we aimed to assess the clinicians' expectations and preferences in terms of radiology report style and content.


A multiple-choice questionnaire, containing 19 questions, was formed. Two-hundreds clinicians, working either in a university hospital or a public hospital, were allocated into 4 groups which included equal number of clinicians from surgery and internal medicine departments. Questionnaire was applied to participants by face-to-face interview. Results were analyzed for each group using Pearson chi-square test.


No statistically significant difference was found among four groups except for the 16th question which was about the image format pertaining to the report (CD/DVD or negative film). It has been determined that clinicians preferred detailed, standardized radiological reports with complete sections (i.e., clinical information, technique, findings, conclusion, recommendations).


This study provided essential data for radiologists to write more effective reports.

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