The Role of Radiology in the Diagnostic Process: Information, Communication, and Teamwork

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Nov;209(5):992-1000. doi: 10.2214/AJR.17.18381. Epub 2017 Jul 25.


Objective: The diagnostic radiology process represents a partnership between clinical and radiology teams. As such, breakdowns in interpersonal interactions and communication can result in patient harm.

Conclusion: We explore the role of radiology in the diagnostic process, focusing on key concepts of information and communication, as well as key interpersonal interactions of teamwork, collaboration, and collegiality, all based on trust. We propose 10 principles to facilitate effective information flow in the diagnostic process.

Keywords: collaboration; collegiality; communication; decision analysis; information; teamwork; trust.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Communication*
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Radiology*