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 L Flaherty

I am most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing, gardening, photography, or my work. Running and yoga enrich my being. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. 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. As I've focused on living more mindfully, I've found special joy in expressing myself through poetry and photography, and in truly being in relationship with those I meet along my journey.

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