The influence of a vocalized checklist on detection of multiple abnormalities in chest radiography

Kevin S. Berbaum, Elizabeth A. Krupinski, Kevin M. Schartz, Robert T. Caldwell, Mark T. Madsen, Seung Hur, Archana T. Laroia, Brad H. Thompson, Brian F. Mullan, Edmund A. Franken

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Rationale and Objectives: Although a checklist has been recommended for preventing satisfaction of search (SOS) errors, a previous research study did not demonstrate that benefit. However, observers in that study had to turn away from the image display to use the checklist. The current study tested a vocalized checklist to avoid this constraint. Materials and Methods: A total of 64 chest computed radiographs, half containing various "test" abnormalities, were read twice by 20 radiologists, once with and once without the addition of a simulated pulmonary nodule. Readers used a vocalized checklist-directing search. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) detection accuracy and decision thresholds were analyzed to study the effects of adding the nodule on detecting the test abnormalities. Results: Adding nodules induced a substantial reluctance to report the other abnormalities (P < 0.001), as had been the case in the most recent study of the SOS effect in radiography. Conclusions: The vocalized checklist did not reduce nor eliminate the SOS effect on readiness to report further abnormalities. Although useful for organizing search and reporting, particularly among students, a vocalized checklist does not prevent SOS effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-420
Number of pages8
JournalAcademic radiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Images, interpretation
  • Observer performance
  • Quality assurance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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