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Why do many medical malpractice cases have a root in radiology?

On Behalf of | May 10, 2024 | Medical Malpractice

Many medical malpractice claims in Indiana have their origins in radiology malpractice. For example, the interpretation of medical imagery, such as X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds and echocardiograms, plays a major role in a patient’s diagnosis and treatment.

Errors in this interpretation can affect the patient’s health and well-being.

Roles in interpretation

The radiologist and the referring physician are the two primary parties involved in interpreting medical images. Radiologists have specialized expertise in administering and interpreting medical imagery. They have a duty of care to accurately communicate any abnormalities they find in the images to the physicians and patients involved. Meanwhile, referring physicians are responsible for promptly and thoroughly informing the patient about the findings reported by radiologists.

Communication failures

Misinterpretations or incomplete reporting of abnormalities in medical imagery can occur. It may lead to delays or errors in the patient’s diagnosis and treatment. Failure to effectively communicate necessary information can result in the patient receiving inadequate or incorrect medical care. This can worsen their condition and increase the risk of complications.

Failure to notice abnormalities

Radiologists may overlook subtle signs of disease in medical images or misinterpret them. This failure to detect abnormalities can have severe consequences. It may prevent patients from receiving timely and appropriate treatment, allowing their condition to worsen over time.

Impact on patients

The repercussions of radiology malpractice can be profound for patients. They may suffer unnecessarily. They may receive wrong treatments, exposing them to unnecessary risks and potential complications. In severe cases, untreated conditions resulting from radiology malpractice can lead to irreversible harm or patient death.

Addressing these issues is necessary for ensuring the accuracy of diagnoses and the delivery of appropriate medical care.