History::B reader


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History In 1974, after studies of surveillance programs for coal miners revealed unacceptable degrees of reader variability,<ref>Felson B, Morgan WKC, Bristol LJ, et al. Observations on the Results of Multiple Readings of Chest Films in Coal Miners' Pneumoconiosis. Radiol, 1973;109:19-23.</ref> NIOSH began the "B" reader program (so named because of the Black lung or Coal Workers' X-ray Surveillance Program), with the intent to train and certify physicians in the ILO Classification system<ref>Morgan RH. Proficiency Examination of Physicians for Classifying Pneumoconiosis Chest Films. Am J Radiol, 1979;132:803-808.</ref> (for classifying radiographs for the presence of pneumoconiosis), so as to insure that physicians using this system were as accurate and precise as possible. The "B" reader certification examination system went into full operation in 1978. The current examination involves a timed classification of 125 radiographs. A physician must pass the certification examination to be a "B" reader and certification lasts 4 years. Examinations are offered monthly at the Appalachian Laboratory for Occupational Safety and Health (ALOSH) located in Morgantown, West Virginia.

B reader sections
Intro  History  Objectives of the \"B\" reader program  Certified \"B\" readers  Reader variability  NIOSH Code of Ethics for \"B\" readers  Recommended practices  References  

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