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Introducing Follow-Up Manager

Better patient care. Reduced practice liability.

When there’s an incidental finding on a radiology report, our new Follow-Up Manager reminds your practice and your patient of the possible need for clinical follow-up.

The radiologists at RIS understand that not every incidental finding necessitates intervention, and we will always do our best to provide you the most insightful information possible to help your patient avoid unnecessary biopsies and/or over-treatment. However, some incidental findings can be life-threatening to your patient, and we now have a way to help keep these unexpected findings from being overlooked.

Consider the following:

  • In recent years, litigation surrounding incidental findings has increased dramatically and there are now attorneys specializing in this area.
  • One study has shown that 12% of cases of potential malignancy on incidental findings were not followed up appropriately.4
  • A delayed or missed diagnosis increases risk and liability for the provider, and can result in poor outcomes for the patient.
  • Busy physicians need a solution that includes protocols to inform patients of incidental findings and prompts follow-up.
  • RIS’ Follow-up Manager reduces the risk of a delayed diagnosis and our advanced Clinical Analytics helps us to identify clinically significant findings.
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The mean frequency of incidental findings on radiology reports1

The number of radiology reports that contain follow-up imaging recommendations2

The percentage of patients with incidental findings who do not comply with follow-up testing recommendations3

How it Works

RIS uses a sophisticated tracking database to keep track of all incidental findings, along with findings follow-up deadlines.
Communications are automatically sent to notify the patient and the referring physician.
If a patient returns to RIS because follow-up diagnostic imaging was required, we auto-close compliance.

Help us help you.

We know that your office is busy. We want to communicate with you about incidental findings with the least amount of disruption. Please e-mail Nickie Creviston at NCreviston@Risimaging.com to let us know the best way to contact you regarding findings. Please select e-mail, fax, phone, standard mail. Please include contact name and contact information.

  1. Lumbreras B, Donat L, Hernández-Aguado I. Incidental findings in imaging diagnostic tests: a systematic review. Br J Radiol. 2010;83(988):276-289. doi:10.1259/bjr/98067945
  2. Laila R. Cochon, et al. Variation in Follow-up Imaging Recommendations in Radiology Reports: Patient, Modality, and Radiologist Predictors. Radiology Vol 291 No 3. May 7, 2019
  3. Callen, J.L., J.I. Westbrook, A. Georgiou, J. Li. Failure to follow-up test results for ambulatory patients: a systematic review. J Gen Intern Med. 2012;27(10):1334–48
  4. Sloan, C.E., S.C. Chadalavada, T.S. Cook, et al. Assessment offollow-up completeness and notification p References for imaging findings of possible cancer: what happens after radiologists submit their reports? Acad Radiol. 2014;21(12):1579–86
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