Rationale and Objectives. The purpose of this study was to survey academic radiology departments to determine how emergency radiology coverage is handled and whether there are any perquisites for those individuals providing this coverage. Materials and Methods. The authors developed a simple two-page survey and sent it to a total of 608 program directors, chiefs of diagnostic radiology, chairpersons, and chief residents at academic departments of radiology. Results. Of the 608 surveys sent, 278 (46%) were returned. More than half of the departments have an emergency radiology section that provides "wet read" coverage during the day, and most academic departments cover the emergency department during the night and on weekends. Nighttime and weekend coverage is handled mostly by residents. Most departments give time off for lunch, with few other perquisites for faculty who provide emergency coverage. Sixty percent of the departments have teleradiology capability, and many use it for emergency department coverage. Conclusion. These results can serve as the basis for discussion and comparison with other institutions regarding a variety of aspects of emergency department coverage.
- Emergency radiology coverage
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging