Ultrasound is inherently technologist/Sonographer driven. The quality of the exam is dependent on the skill and knowledge of the Sonographer. If the vascular sonographer does not see or show a DVT most of the time the reading physician will miss it as well. This being said I recently received this message asking for me to ask a question publicly.
After reading please answer the poll in regard to your opinion on the subject.
Here is the question: Does anyone have issues or know anyone who has had legal issues due to a technologist ‘playing doctor’ and giving an impression of a venous Doppler study? Providing the results to an ER doctor, PA, nurse or primary care with out the study being finalized by the reading physician. The patient then being released by the ordering physician based on the preliminary result? Is this a common practice nationwide ? What are the legal implications for the technologist even if the facility is aware and the technologist documents the incident .
The Sonographer further stated: Thank you for your time – I am hesitant on posting this myself due to punitive action from my place of employment