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‘Inattentional blindness’ may cause radiologists to miss obvious abnormalities in diagnostic images

Lauren WilliamsThe problem appeared to persist across radiologists of varying tenure, signaling that understanding the clinical situation at hand may be more important than experience alone.

“Our research demonstrates that focusing narrowly on one task may cause radiologists to miss unexpected abnormalities, even if those abnormalities are critical for patient outcomes,” stated study author Lauren Williams, a recent University of Utah grad and postdoctoral scholar in San Diego.

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Last Updated: 6/4/21