Q: What is the one thing you wish your patients knew?
I wish they knew that, as radiologists, most of what we see we recognize and know well, but we don’t always have the right answer. That’s just the nature of the beast.
There are times I find things I have never seen before or about which I am unsure. I get second opinions from smart colleagues and often it’s the same for them. Sometimes our best educated guess or opinion is the best we can do.
I wish patients knew that at night sometimes I lie awake thinking about them. I think about the brave little girl whose wrist I stuck the other day for an arthrogram or the nice man who passed away after I did a biopsy trying to help him. I think about the lady whose breast cancer I found who remembered me and thanked me. I hope they know we do our best for them.
The most important thing I wish they knew, however, is that the decisions they make about their own health make a huge difference. I can’t make them get an annual mammogram or quit smoking or stick to their diet. There are some things patients can’t control, but for many their health is in their hands as much as it is in the hands of their physicians. I want my patients to know how much their physicians want to work with them to improve their health.
“There are some things patients can’t control, but for many their health is in their hands as much as it is in the hands of their physicians.”
-Demetrius K. Morros, MD, FACR
Demetrius K. Morros, MD, FACR, radiologist at Birmingham Radiological Group, P.C. in Birmingham, Alabama