A radiologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries by using medical imaging techniques, such as X-ray (including mammogram), CT scan, MRI and ultrasound.
No matter the specific health problem, patient outcomes are dependent on a prompt and accurate diagnosis. A radiological misdiagnosis can delay effective treatment of conditions ranging from broken bones to cancer to stroke.
Failure to diagnose a health condition because of improper interpretation of imaging test results is a form of medical malpractice.
Some primary care physicians and internists have X-ray machines in their offices. Mistakes can be made when they read the X-ray films themselves rather than sending them out to be read by a radiologist.
Radiologists commit malpractice, too. They may miss a small tumor or mistakenly attribute an abnormality in the lung, for example, to scarring from a patient’s history of pneumonia. Many imaging tests are read electronically by radiologists in another site, even overseas. Their ability to accurately read the test film may depend on the quality of their computer screens or on how many films they are expected to examine per day.
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Did a radiological misdiagnosis prevent prompt treatment of your condition or rob you of your chance to fight a disease? Please contact the attorneys at Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC. We offer a free consultation to review your case and advise you of your legal rights and options.
Our medical malpractice lawyers represent people who have been harmed by radiological misdiagnosis throughout the state.