Radiologists review and interpret x-rays, CTs, MRI, and other radiographic
imaging. The physicians that order these diagnostic tests usually rely
upon the radiologist to advise whether the patient’s film shows
area(s) of suspicion that could represent a serious disease process, broken
bones, arterial abnormality, or acute emergency. Most radiologists perform
this function in a systematic way that minimizes the chance of a radiological
error. Unfortunately, some radiologists fail to invest sufficient time
and attention to each film they are responsible for interpreting. Injuries
can and do occur when the radiologist fails to review each film thoroughly,
keeping in mind that failure to alert the ordering physician to a possible
serious abnormality can result in delayed diagnosis, often meaning the
difference between a treatable disease and death or serious disability.
Our attorneys are experienced in handling a broad array of radiological
error cases such as:
- Inflammation of the bowel
- Lung cancer
- Breast cancer
- Failure to communicate abnormalities
Because the ordering physician is typically relying upon the radiologist
to alert him or her to an abnormality that may require additional medical
workup, a failure to exercise reasonable care on the part of the radiologist
can result in a false sense of confidence for both the ordering physician
and patient. If a film is erroneously reported to patient and physician
as ‘normal,’ both may be less concerned about any signs and
symptoms experienced, dismissing them as inconsequential since the radiologist
told them nothing unusual was going on.
A radiologist may fail to consider all possible reasons for an abnormality
because the radiologist fails to take the time to gather as much clinical
data as possible on the patient. The radiologist may fail to consider
all possible reasons for an abnormality because the radiologist has limited
experience with a given presentation. In those instances, it may be incumbent
upon the radiologist to consult with his or her more experienced colleagues.
Failure to take these reasonable precautions can have disastrous consequences
for the patient.
If you believe you or a loved one has been injured as a result of radiological
error, contact our attorneys today for a free consultation.
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