Evaluation of head CT exams - resident and attending diagnoses

Elizabeth A. Krupinski, William Berger, William Erly

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The goal of this study was to evaluate performance of radiology residents in interpretation of head CT exams ordered by emergency room physicians, and to compare their accuracy with the attending radiologists. 1324 consecutive CT head exams ordered by the ER were interpreted by radiology residents. They reported whether the case was normal or abnormal, noted the relevant findings, and reported their decision confidence using a 6-point scale. Attending neuroradiologists subsequently interpreted the exams. The exams were grouped into 3 categories based on correlation of readings: agree, disagree-insignificant, disagree-significant. There was 91% agreement between resident and attending diagnoses, 7% disagree-insignificant and 2% disagree-significant. Disagreements occurred more often on abnormal than normal cases. Disagreements occurred more often with 1st and 2nd year residents than with 3rd and 4th. Resident confidence was highest for 3rd years, followed by 4th, 2nd and 1st. The less confident a resident was in their diagnosis, the more likely a disagreement occurred. Cases in which a resident expresses a low level of confidence should be carefully checked by the attending since these cases were more often associated with a disagreement than those with high confidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-169
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2000
EventMedical Imaging 2000: Image Perception and Performance - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Feb 16 2000Feb 17 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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