Academic Physicians' Opinions on Preliminary Reporting of Echocardiographic Data

Robert W. McDonald, Mary Jo Rice, Mark D. Reller, G. Michael Silberbach, Randal L. Imus, Christopher P. Marcella, Robert B. Brazee, George Pantely

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Preliminary reporting of echocardiographic data by cardiac sonographers has become a key issue in the echocardiography community. A survey on this issue was sent to 248 academic physicians and 89 (35.8%) were returned. In response to a question in the survey, 76 physicians stated that they had at least a limited amount of knowledge in echocardiography. For the group, 62% wanted a written or verbal preliminary report and 52% concluded that this report should be a part of the cardiac sonographer's position. If cardiac abnormalities are suspected, 65% wanted the results before the cardiologist reviewed the study, but only 42% of the physicians wanted a diagnostic versus a descriptive type of report. About 49% stated that if necessary they would attempt to influence the cardiac sonographer to give them a preliminary report, whereas 67% of the physicians would possibly use this information to medically manage the patient. Fifty percent believed that it was legal for a cardiac sonographer to give a preliminary report. Another 70% said that the cardiac sonographer would NOT be “practicing medicine without a license” and 66% concluded that they would NOT be “aiding and abetting the unauthorized practice of medicine” if given this information. These data have important potential ramifications for both cardiac sonographers as well as for the practice of cardiology regarding the issue of preliminary echocardiographic reports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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