We had this subject reviewed with our hospital lawyers. Our Scope of
Practice as a medical sonographer does not include interpreting exams.
Especially when treatment of the patient is being based on the statement or
written prelim report of a sonographer, patients suiing hospitals and
sonographers has become major business for the legal profession. SDMS has a
atty on staff who has used several previous and current legal lawsuits in a
paper which states that sonographers should not be providing diagnostic
information to anyone other than their interpreting physician. It is the
interpreting physician's license only to call and communicate with the referring
Our lawyers stated that in no way should a sonographer provide any
information to a referring physician unless the patient find would result in a
potential loss of life if not immediately addressed. And in that case we call the
nurse and the interpreting physician within the same span of a few seconds.
We do not provide this information. The legal point of view.......
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