According to a new study published online in the journal Radiology, researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, New York, have found that patients with cancer desire more information from health care professionals about medical imaging tests that use radiation.
For the study, researchers talked to 30 people who had undergone medical imagine exams to assess their understanding of the risks and benefits associated with different medical imaging procedures as well as what they expected health care professionals to communicate about those benefits and risks.
Results showed that most participants were highly aware of risks linked with ionizing radiation exposure, including the risk of future cancer; however, participants still wanted their own doctor to communicate this information to them.
Participants also reported wanting to be offered information about the reasons for certain testing and testing intervals, as well as alternative approaches. Those who sought more information turned to the Internet to answer their own questions.
The findings suggest that better communication about the benefits and risks of various medical imaging tests is needed as medical care becomes more patient-centered.
A substantial gap exists between patient expectations and current practices for providing information about medical imaging tests that use radiation, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.