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Table 3 Classification of the likelihood and severity of morbidity of unacknowledged significant abnormal radiology reports

From: Does health information technology improve acknowledgement of radiology results for discharged Emergency Department patients? A before and after study

Likelihood of Morbidity (N)Severity of morbidity (N)Direct extract from radiology report
Low (27)Low (20)Left mid zone air space infiltrate noted. The remainder of the lungs are clear. No significant pleural effusion bilaterally. Suggest progress imaging.
Mod (5)There is impression of superior mediastinal widening. This should be assessed further with departmental imaging, alternatively, comparison with previous imaging is recommended. No other significant finding of interest.
High (2)There is an irregular rounded opacity in the left upper lobe. This may represent an area of focal consolidation but underlying mass lesion must be considered and follow-up imaging to resolution is recommended. Attention ED director
Mod (27)Low (6)Ankle mortise is preserved. There is an acute posterior malleolar fracture. Soft tissue swelling noted around the ankle joint.
Mod (16)There is a joint effusion and a nondisplaced radial head fracture is suspected.
High (5)Cardiac mediastinal contours are within normal limits. There is a nodular opacity in the left lower lobe, measuring 2.2 × 1.4 cm in size. This may represent a primary or secondary pulmonary neoplastic lesion. The remainder of the lungs are clear. No significant pleural effusion bilaterally. Cardiac mediastinal contours are within normal limits.
High (0)N/AN/A
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