Side labeling of radiographs is an essential function of every radiographer. Unfortunately, radiographs are ocasionally mislabeled or not labeled at all. The image of a brassiere that has been inadvertently left on the patient can provide a reference to identify proper labeling. Eleven cases were reviewed in which apparent reversal of the brassiere hook-and-eye position caused the radiographer or radiologist to suspect that a study had been incorrectly side labeled. Six cases subsequently were confirmed to have incorrect labels. In the remaining 5, there was no side marker, and the brassiere hook-and-eye position served as an additional guide to determining the correct side. In addition to such guides as anatomic landmarks and the position of the patient identification label, radiographers and radiologists should routinely note the bra hook-and-eye position. This can serve as an additional tool for insuring that a study has been correctly side labeled.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging