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Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative
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David Kissane, Barry Bultz, Phyllis Butow, and Ilora Finlay

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238361.001.0001

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Communication in cancer radiology

Communication in cancer radiology

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(p.459) Chapter 39 Communication in cancer radiology
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Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care
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Kimberly Feigin

Laura Liberman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238361.003.0039

Diagnostic radiologists are often the first to know of a patient's medical abnormality, diagnosis, disease progression, or response to treatment. Traditionally, radiologists have been primarily consultants to referring physicians, reporting results of radiologic examinations to ordering physicians, who then relayed the information to patients. In recent years, radiology has evolved to include more procedures that bring radiologists into direct contact with patients. This is particularly true in certain subspecialties of radiology, such as interventional radiology and breast imaging. For radiologists, improved communication with referring physicians and patients alike will ultimately result in timelier diagnoses, enhanced professional relationships, and superior healthcare outcomes. This chapter explores current concepts in communication in radiology, often using the subspecialty of breast imaging as a model.

Keywords:   cancer, radiology, physicians, patients, breast imaging, communication

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