A standard radiology report is a useful way to capture and succinctly communicate the results of most imaging scans, including X-rays, CT scans and MRIs. Whether in human health or veterinarian care, this summary of the identified condition and diagnosis is a critical communication tool between the radiologist and the treating physician or patient. While radiology reports are traditionally comprised of text, reports with key images improve communication by providing a new layer of depth and understanding for physicians and their patients.
Usually the idea of patients controlling their own medical images strikes fear into the hearts of medical care professionals. Patients can jump to rash conclusions based off of their images, before even speaking to their medical care provider. While it may be controversial as to who should own medical images, the truth is having engaged patients will improve medical outcomes.
See how radiology has evolved since its founding in 1895
The history of radiology began with the need for more information: gathering internal images for delivering better patient care. German physicist, Wilhelm Conrad Röentgen, discovered what he called a "new kind of ray" in 1895, and the way medical care professionals understood and treated their patients was forever changed. Further developments in the field of radiology have been to enhance this comprehensive medical image and have resulted in ultrasounds, CTs, and MRIs.
As we discussed in our previous blog post, whomever took your scan legally owns the image. Despite that, we raised several reasons that patients should be interested in controlling their own images. But where do my doctors fit into this puzzle?