When Radiology Errors Amount To Medical Malpractice

Last updated on April 20, 2023

According to the Radiological Society of North America, the biggest reason for radiology mistakes is human error. If you are suffering consequences because your radiologist missed something on your diagnostic films, you may have a case for negligence or medical malpractice. Nelson & Hammons, Attorneys At Law, was founded in 1977. With our offices in Shreveport and Lafayette, our lawyers help recover financial compensation on behalf of medical malpractice victims throughout Louisiana.

What Constitutes A Medical Mistake In Radiology?

Statistics show that in the United States, the error rate for misinterpreting diagnostic films and radiology results, like X-rays, MRIs or CT scans, is as high as 30%. Radiologist mistakes can include:

  • Taking images of the wrong body part
  • Failing to use the imaging equipment properly
  • Missing something on the film
  • Seeing something on the film but dismissing it as not important
  • Seeing something on the film but identifying it as something else
  • Having a lack of knowledge or education to correctly read the film
  • Delaying communication of the results of the diagnostic tests
  • Failing to communicate the results of the diagnostic tests altogether

A mistake in interpreting radiology results often translates to a failure to diagnose and can cause a delay in the patient getting the appropriate medical treatment.

Consequences Of Radiology Medical Errors

When a radiologist, doctor or other medical professional mistakenly reads or misinterprets diagnostic film, consequences can follow. Statistically, consequences from radiology mistakes are consistently more severe than other medical mistakes, like an error in the administration of medication. Misreading or misinterpreting diagnostic films can result in labor and delivery errors and birth injuries, missed cancer diagnoses, missed blood clots or other serious conditions that can lead to serious injuries, worsening medical conditions and even death.

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