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Incidentaloma on the rise: how GPs are left to manage unexpected findings


This is a big problem. I propose that firstly that it is mandatory to warn patients of the risk of chance findings on imaging at the time the test is ordered; and secondly that responsibility for addressing incidental findings rests with the doctor who ordered the imaging. I can see why primary care colleagues are unwilling to pick up the pieces after useless health screening scans; but it is also a problem for neurology secondary care as increasing brain and spine MRI is ordered in primary care and incidentaloma then triggers referral. It would be helpful if NICE summarised the risk of incidentalomas and recommended appropriate management.

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05 Jul 2019

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