Case based simulation in MRI for suspected appendicitis in children.
Year of Publication
Number of Pages
2018 Mar - Apr
<p><strong>PURPOSE: </strong>To establish the effect on diagnostic confidence of a simulation setting, in which radiologists re-interpret anonymized pediatric MRI cases.</p>
<p><strong>MATERIALS: </strong>In this IRB-approved study, participants completed surveys rating confidence before and after interpreting 10 MRI cases for suspected appendicitis in children.</p>
<p><strong>RESULTS: </strong>18 radiologists (4 faculty, 5 fellows, and 9 residents) correctly identified an average of 7.44 cases (range 5-9). Self-described confidence regarding technique and interpretation increased from 2.0 (SD 0.77) and 2.33 (SD 0.69) to 2.83 (SD 0.71) and 2.94 (SD 0.73), respectively.</p>
<p><strong>CONCLUSION: </strong>Simulated interpretation of pediatric MRI in suspected appendicitis results in increased self-describe confidence without requiring additional capital/equipment expenses.</p>