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Radiologist-initiated verbal communication may boost follow-up imaging

A study in a radiology journal showed that patients with imaging findings that are uncertain for malignancy whose radiologists initiated verbal communication had increased odds of undergoing relevant follow-up imaging, but only 5.4% of patients had their imaging findings progress to be suspicious for malignancy after follow-up. "These findings suggest that while helpful, radiologist-initiated verbal communication may not be necessary for all such imaging studies, which is relevant given the competing time demands on radiologists," said researcher Dr. Joshua Liao.

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