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Pre-Reading Mammograms by Specialised Breast Technologists: Legal Implications for Technologist and Radiologist in the Netherlands

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This paper focuses on the legal implications in terms of duties and responsibilities for radiologists and radiologic technologists of independent pre-reading of mammograms by radiologic technologists, so patients could be discharged without being seen by a radiologist. Pre-reading could be effectuated when preconditions are met to perform reserved procedures by unauthorised professionals as stated in the Individual Health Care Professions (IHCP) Act. Furthermore, compliance with a protocol or code of conduct in combination with adequate training and supervision should be sufficient to disprove potential claims. For a wide implementation, pre-reading should be well-embedded in legal rules and should answer the professional standard of care.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Radiology, Maastricht University Medical Center, the Netherlands; 2: Staff lawyer, St. Laurentius Hospital Roermond, the Netherlands

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