When you’re hurt or sick, it’s not unusual for a doctor to order some type of imaging before they approach a diagnosis — whether that’s an x-ray, an MRI, a CT scan or an ultrasound. They rely on those examinations for the information they need.
What if the radiologist reached the wrong conclusions about what’s going on?
Radiologists are often to blame for adverse patient outcomes
Radiology mistakes are often the cause of repeat hospital visits.
The latest research shows that those patients who do return find that the radiologist incorrectly identified their ailment in at least 36% of these cases. This compares to a 12% inaccurate diagnosis rate in other situations. Most of these diagnostic errors involve either digestive or neurologic diseases.
Patients who return to the hospital within three days of their original ER visit because their condition has either deteriorated or they haven’t seen any improvements should be suspicious that the radiology reports used on their first visit were incorrect.
What should you do if a radiologist misread your imaging report?
A misdiagnosis may result in you receiving treatment that isn’t right for your condition. A delayed diagnosis may cause a deterioration in your health. Either one of these scenarios can put you at risk of developing complications that further damage your health.
Proving that a radiologist’s reading of your imaging studies resulted in the deterioration of your condition isn’t easy, but it isn’t impossible either. You’ll want to take time to learn more about the ways you can tell if a radiology mistake resulted in your adverse medical outcome.