Photos, empathy, and better results



A friend and colleague shared some research with me today. Radiologists who read imaging exams — such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and CT scans — may do a better job if they see a picture of the face that goes with the diagnostic test, according to research presented at the Radiology Society of North America’s annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois (December 2008). Radiologists in the study said they read CT scans more meticulously and felt more empathy when they saw a patient’s face, although it’s not clear whether the photo actually improved their accuracy in interpreting the test results.


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Radiologists read scans better if they have patient’s photo

I hardly find this surprising, do you?  Technology does so much good. And, in some ways it seems to move us farther from the humanity that’s at the heart of life. I’m hopeful that with increasing technological power – like bandwidth for sharing photos and videos – that we’ll find that sweet spot where technology and humanity come together to maximize good.



About Vicki Flaherty

I feel most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing and poetry, gardening and photography, or simply living my life each day. Running and yoga enrich my being. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. I share my gratitude for all the gifts in my life on my This Abundantly Delicious Life blog. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. I try to encourage Leading with Intention at my blog of this name. As a breast cancer survivor, I found comfort and hope in writing. Poetry flowed through me like a river of healing during my diagnosis and treatment, which I share on my Mostly My Heart Sings blog, that I might offer encouragement and a place of grace and heart for those seeking comfort and hope along their journey.

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