It was yet another entry in a familiar medical-news narrative: A big breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease gets called into question by subsequent reporting. Only this time the off notes hit while the fanfare was still sounding.
The preparation period was long. Hopes and fears were high. Three years into the ICD-10 era, how is radiology’s day-to-day implementation stacking up against those early expectations and prognostications? (And is ICD-11 already in the works … really?)
Patients increasingly read their own radiology reports, and the trend is only accelerating. In this new world, radiologists need to be mindful of the harm that poorly chosen words can do to a patient’s peace of mind.