The Importance of Radiology and Pathology Communication in the Diagnosis and Staging of Cancer: Mammography as a Case Study. 4.6 The Applicability of most of the issues and proposed solutions associated with breast cancer to other cancer types


The work group determined that many of the problems identified in clinical scenarios involving the diagnosis of breast cancer were general issues applicable to the collaboration between the two specialties in the diagnosis of other cancers. These issues include developing workflows that support the:

  1. Communication of clinical information from the referring physician to both the radiologist and pathologist;
  2. Communication of clinical information from radiologist to pathologist including the current imaging study’s assessment of the risk of malignancy; 
  3. Identification of specimens taken from patients by the radiologist;
  4. Receipt and processing of the sample by the anatomical pathology laboratory;
  5. Communication of results including negative findings from pathologists to radiologists;
  6. Achievement of radiology and pathology concordance and recommendations that discuss diagnosis and therapeutic options.
  7. Detailed descriptions of these important components, as well as limitations of current workflows follow.

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