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Radiology Research and Practice
Volume 2013, Article ID 219259, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/219259
Review Article

Malpractice in Radiology: What Should You Worry About?

1Department of Radiological Sciences, “Sapienza” University of Rome, 324 Viale Regina Elena, 00161 Rome, Italy
2Department of Anatomical, Histological, Forensic Medicine and Orthopedic Sciences, “Sapienza” University of Rome, 336 Viale Regina Elena, 00161 Rome, Italy

Received 13 January 2013; Revised 14 March 2013; Accepted 15 March 2013

Academic Editor: Ali Guermazi

Copyright © 2013 Alessandro Cannavale et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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