Figure 3-9. X-ray order display.
3-20. X-RAY REQUISITIONS
An x-ray requisition will show the patient's name, age, sex, case number (if it is
local policy to use a case number), bed location, attending physician, diagnosis, test
ordered, and indications. It will also specify whether the exam is to be done in the clinic
or on the ward using a portable machine.
3-21. PREPARATION AND RELEASE OF RADIOLOGY REPORTS
The radiologist dictates the x-ray interpretation following normal conventions for
x-ray reporting. The only difference is that the computer provides a repertoire of
standard phrases. These are permanently stored in the computer for the radiologist's
use, if he so desires. Radiology secretaries type the reports. Once a report has been
verified by the radiologist, the secretary enters a verification signal into the VMT,
triggering release of the report into the system and printing of a copy at the patient's
3-22. RETRIEVING OTHER PATIENT DATA
Using the VMT, the radiologist can obtain information on previous current-stay
radiology reports, reports occurring within the same hospital stay. He can also obtain
information on medications being taken, secondary diagnoses, and so forth.