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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Such communications may take the form of a "curbside consult," a "wet reading," or "informal opinion" that may occur during clinical conferences, interpretations while involved in other activities, or review of an outside study.