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The practice of reporting pulmonary nodules as incidental findings in the radiology department at the ZGT.

Horenberg, Lieke (2019) The practice of reporting pulmonary nodules as incidental findings in the radiology department at the ZGT.

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Abstract:Purpose: The aim of this study is to assess the practice of reporting incidental pulmonary nodules in the radiology department at the ZGT in the period from September 2017 and August 2018. Methods: A quantitative retrospective analysis on radiological reports is performed on the frequencies in which characteristics predictive for malignancy or benignancy in pulmonary nodules occurred were investigated. Subsequently, the associations between the predictive characteristics and three reporting methods that influence the follow-up rate are analysed. Results: Incidental pulmonary nodules were reported in 197 out of 197,842 radiological reports. The majority of these reports had unmentioned predictive characteristics of the pulmonary nodules. 50.8% of the reports mention the pulmonary nodules in the conclusion, 11.7% mention contact with the medical specialist, and 17.5% mention follow-up recommendations. Characteristics that are significantly associated with the mention of the pulmonary nodules in the conclusion were multiplicity, size, upper lobe location and perifissural position. The characteristics size, calcification, and perifissural position were significantly associated with the mention of follow-up recommendations. Conclusions: In the practice of reporting incidental pulmonary nodules, the radiological reports mention incidental pulmonary nodules in the conclusion, more often than they mention contact with medical specialists or follow-up recommendations.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
ZGT, Hengelo, The Netherlands
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:01 general works
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/79573
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