Radiology and other forms of imaging technology are important tools in the quest to diagnose medical conditions and illnesses. But when radiologists misread images, misinterpret test results, or fail to properly communicate those results, the consequences for patients can be catastrophic.
Types of Commonly Misread Radiology Reports
Radiology errors are often discovered after the patient has suffered avoidable complications or injuries. Several types of imaging equipment produce reports that can be misread or misinterpreted, including:
- X-rays, radiographs, and radiography
- CT scans or CAT scans (also known as a computer tomography scans)
- MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging), NMRIs (nuclear magnetic resonance imaging), and MRTs (magnetic resonance tomography)
- Plain films
- Barium study (also known as a barium swallow study)
- Upper GI, upper GI series, or upper gastrointestinal series
- Perfusion scans, cardiac perfusion scans, lung perfusion scans, and ventilation/perfusion scans
Consequences of Radiology Errors
Misreading an X-ray, CT scan result, or MRI can often lead to a failure to diagnose an illness/injury or a mistaken diagnosis resulting in unnecessary surgery. Some of the most common results of these mistakes include:
- Failure to diagnose cancers or other tumors
- Cervical and lumbar spine fractures
- Intracranial hemorrhages
Many facilities rely on remote services to read radiology images and process laboratory samples. This reliance on outside service providers, along with an overwhelming workload for some radiologists who must view hundreds of images per day, can result in a greater likelihood of error.
Call Us Today for a Free Consultation
Dr. Jack Tolliver is a successful physician and medical malpractice lawyer who understands the complexities of both hospitals and courtrooms.
If you or a loved one has suffered complications from a radiology error or misread X-ray, we encourage you to contact our firm. With our team’s medical experience, we can thoroughly and quickly review your case at no charge. If we accept your case, we will pursue maximum compensation. We never pass on costs and expenses if we do not recover damages.
By seeking the maximum legal recourse against negligent physicians and hospitals, together we can help prevent future medical malpractice.
Serving clients across Kentucky, including Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Covington, Hopkinsville, Richmond, Florence, Georgetown, Henderson, Elizabethtown, Ashland, Pikeville, Frankfort, Mt. Sterling, and Paducah.