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In the last 30 years, medical technology has dramatically changed the way doctors diagnose illnesses. Although plain x-rays are still used, CT scans and MRI’s have allowed non-invasive diagnosis of a variety of diseases. Radiologists are physicians who read these diagnostic films and report their findings to your treating doctor. Patients almost never see the radiologist who reads their films but the radiologist is a very important part of the treatment team. Sometimes the doctor who orders a diagnostic film will read it himself or herself. Accurate reading of diagnostic films is essential because it forms the basis for your entire treatment plan.
Radiological procedures help physicians get a better look at what is happening inside a patient’s body. These procedures reveal conditions such as tumors, broken bones and internal bleeding. In order for procedures such as x–rays, MRIs, mammograms and ultrasounds to save peoples’ lives, they must be read properly to deliver a correct diagnosis that will lead to proper treatment.
In many instances of medical malpractice, a victim suffers injury because of mistakes involving misread x–rays, slides, and ultrasounds. When a condition goes unnoticed or untreated, further complications or even death may occur. Some of the most common errors in radiology testing include:
These errors can set in motion a treatment plan that is harmful to the patient, or that can delay proper treatment.
When a patient seeks our help concerning a case of radiology medical malpractice, misread diagnostic films, or failure to order the proper radiological testing, the first step is to get copies of all of the films and have them reviewed by a consulting radiologist. We also consult with a doctor from the treating physician’s area of specialization, so that we can better understand the impact of the medical error on the patient’s outcome. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered injury or death because of a radiological error in Ohio, please call us for a free and confidential consultation 937-643-0600 or contact us online and a medical malpractice attorney will get back to you shortly.