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STAT vs. Wet Readings for Imaging Studies

As communicated with the medical staff in the past, please be aware of the policy regarding STAT requests and Wet Reading requests.

STATS apply to the performance of the examination and Wet Readings apply to the interpretation. Ordering a study as a STAT will result in it being performed more quickly as indicated below, but will not generate a wet reading unless specifically requested.

Exam Performance - STAT: The study will be performed within 4 hours.

Exam Interpretation - Wet Read: The interpretation will occur within two hours of the performance of the study. The interpretation will be called to whomever is designated on the request form. If no person is designated, the report will be called to the ordering physician.

Exam Performance and Interpretation - STAT Wet Read: For both a quick exam and a quick report, order both a STAT and a Wet Read.

For more information, read the "Eye on Imaging" newsletter.

Eye on Imaging February 2010