wet reading

wet reading

An obsolete term that formerly dignified the diagnostic interpretation of a radiographic film immediately following processing of the film (i.e., while it was still wet from hand processing). X-rays are now processed by a dry chemical process or, increasingly, digitally.
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For all other wet readings, the ER doctors would then have to retrieve information from the PACS [picture archiving and communications system] and reenter it into their EMR.