A diagnostic mammogram for a new palpable lump shows an obviously malignant lesion. The radiologist realizes a mistake was made in her prior interpretation of this woman’s last screening mammogram. Prior films had apparently been put up in reverse order, and the radiologist mistakenly concluded that the calcifications were decreasing in number when they were actually increasing. The radiologist’s prior incorrect interpretation has resulted in a delayed diagnosis.
Question 1 of 6: Which response best portrays radiologists’ attitudes about disclosing this error to patients?
Most definitely would not
disclose the error.
Most would disclose the error only if asked by the patient
Most probably would disclose
Most definitely would disclose