Radiologists want clinical info on all referrals

Medicare should mandate that all referral requests for imaging include detailed clinical information and a diagnosis, according to proposals being considered by radiologists.

A position paper drawn up by Professor Alexander Pitman of the University of Melbourne notes that current Medicare regulations don’t specify what clinical information referrers need to provide when making imaging requests.

And yet this information is a “powerful factor” in how the images are interpreted, according to the paper published in the journal of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College