What is a second opinion in radiology?
A second opinion is an opinion on your scans, by an expert doctor with subspeciality training in specific organ systems.
Why is a second opinion good for radiology and imaging? (CT Scan, MRI, PET/CT, Mammography, X-rays)
Today, radiology has become more comprehensive and complex. It is impossible for any one individual to keep abreast of all developments and to be equally good in all systems and modalities. A second opinion from an expert (having subspeciality training in specific organ systems or pathologies) can offer better insight into the diagnosis and help with treatment.
There are many situations in which, after you have had a radiology examination performed (e.g., X-ray, mammogram, CT scan, PET/CT or MRI), you may feel the need for another opinion:
- When assurance is need about the report’s conclusions from another expert radiologist
- When a subspecialty opinion is required as against that of a generalist
- When the case is complex, and a diagnosis has not yet been reached.