Satisfaction of search

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Satisfaction of search is a common error in diagnostic radiology. It occurs when the reporting radiologist fails to continue to search for subsequent abnormalities after identifying an initial one. This initial detection of an abnormality satisfies the "search for meaning" and the reporting of the case is prematurely ended 1-2.

This may entail identifying two or more totally independent pathologies or two or more findings which together take a case from a differential list to a definitive diagnosis.

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rID: 31220
Section: Approach
Tags: error, stub
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