Rethinking Normal: Benefits and Risks of Not Reporting Harmless Incidental Findings

Academic Article


  • The authors explore the benefits and risks of not reporting imaging findings that do not have clinical relevance, with the goal of developing recommendations to reduce their reporting. The authors review the example of incidentally detected, simple renal cysts (Bosniak category I), including medicolegal conditions required for such a shift in reporting practices to be acceptable. The authors propose four potential criteria for not reporting clinically unimportant findings and recommend that these criteria be debated in other contexts, so that they can be refined and implemented.
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  • Pandharipande PV; Herts BR; Gore RM; Mayo-Smith WW; Harvey HB; Megibow AJ; Berland LL
  • Start Page

  • 764
  • End Page

  • 767
  • Volume

  • 13
  • Issue

  • 7