When we assign a negative assessment to the mammography report, our reporting system automatically generates a normal lay summary. We have patients that have negative mammograms but for other reasons we want that person to have further work-up or even biopsy. In such cases can we assign a different assessment category to the mammography report so the correct lay summary automatically goes out? ...
Can the medical report and lay summary have recommendations that are not the ones normally associated with a specific assessment category?
The decision of which assessment category to assign to a specific mammography report is left up to the interpreting physician. With respect to recommendations, the interpreting physician can make any recommendation he or she believes appropriate.
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