Basic Neuroradiology – Chapter 7 – Satisfaction of Search

Don’t find one abnormality and stop looking. Sometimes the most important abnormality is the second one… or third… In fact, it’s an old saying that if you’re working at the VA and you only found one cancer, keep looking for the second one. 

While that is somewhat in jest, one of the most common mistakes for starting radiologists is not continuing their search pattern after finding abnormal findings. Look at every study the same and don’t get too distracted by some findings which can be very impressive. Sometimes it may even help you to finish your search pattern before describing the obvious findings.

The level of this lecture is appropriate for medical students, junior residents, and trainees in other specialties who have an interest in basic concepts of neuroradiology.