Diagnostic errors are some of the most common types of medical errors that can expose patients to harm. Many diagnostic errors are linked to misread radiology or other types of radiology errors. When there are mistakes made when reading or evaluating radiology reports, a patient’s condition may either be misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all, causing severe trauma and placing the patient at risk of serious injuries.
What are the common types of radiology errors?
Some of the more common types of radiology errors involve misread radiology reports. Radiologists can read many reports in a day and in a busy, city hospital an overworked and over-stressed radiologist can go through dozens of radiology reports in a matter of hours. Naturally, the chance for errors to creep in during the reading of such reports is very high. The radiologist may identify a particular finding in the report as abnormal, but may not attribute it to the right cause. That leads to a wrong diagnosis of the patient.
Miscommunication or lack of communication with the clinician can also play a role in radiology errors. When radiological tests are ordered remotely, and the communication channels are not clearly established, ensuring the ordering physician has the most accurate report may be problematic. The radiologist may identify the abnormality, but may fail to appropriately convey this to the clinician. When there is a gap in communication between the two, a wrong diagnosis of the patient’s condition is inevitable.
The radiologist may also “under-read” the radiology report, which means that he or she may fail to locate or identify the abnormality. There are several other reasons why such radiology reports may be misread. For instance, the radiologist may not have enough access to a patient’s medical history or clinical data, and may be less likely to identify an abnormality.
Remember, a wrong diagnosis or a missed diagnosis because of a misread radiology report can result in delayed or wrong treatment of the patient. This can result in serious consequences, including a threat to the patient’s life.
If you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered a serious personal injury due to a misread radiology report, you should seek legal assistance immediately. A radiology medical malpractice claim may be necessary. Radiology medical malpractice claims are quite challenging. They require expert review of both the medical records and the radiology films. A successful claim also requires a full understanding of the medical condition in question, whether surgical, neurological, orthopedic, oncology, or more. In addition, its important to remember that Indiana has strict timelines for filing a claim and it is critical that an injured person files their claim as soon as possible.
The Indiana medical malpractice attorneys at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson Kennedy represent persons who have been injured as a result of medical negligence across Indiana.