Don’t annoy the radiologist…

…or so says #1 Dinosaur, who was buried under a blizzard of radiology reports.

I tend to agree up to a point, but the only problem from my perspective is this: Until recently, it was not at all uncommon for me to get seemingly millions of copies of every radiology report for mammography, ultrasound, and core needle biopsies on my patients. There’s a preliminary report, a final report, an amended report, a report with the pathology report added, a report with the pathology report and the estrogen/progesterone receptor status added, and then multiple copies of the final report. We ended up either shredding them or shipping them out through a company hired to take care of the disposal of HIPAA-sensitive patient reports.

Come to think of it, this sort of thing happened a lot with pathology reports, too. Veritable forests of trees must have died to produce all this wasteful duplication of effort.