There is a query that is often faced by radiologists in hospital practise, where clinicians often send films or CDs done outside the facility for second opinion and sometimes say please send a written note of my observations Often these are not accompanied by report of the previous films.
What should be done in such a scenario?
If i dont read them- I risk spoiling the relations and often the referal to the centre?
If i do- is there a risk of malpractise?
Should we charge for these studies?
Even if these opinions are given verbally, i have often seen clinicians add a line in their files "as discussed with Dr X" and make me legally liable for my opinion even if we did not charge for the read. Are their any guidelines for such practise? What is the correct thing to be done according to Indian Radiology Association?
All comments and opinions are welcome.