Radiology Errors Can Have Devastating Consequences
Radiologists are required to exercise reasonable care in reviewing X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and other imaging studies necessary for the safety of their patients. When radiologists fail to exercise reasonable care, serious conditions can go undiagnosed, and the patient can suffer harm.
At Garau Germano, P.C., our Indianapolis radiology error lawyers are experienced in handling medical malpractice claims arising from radiology errors. Frequently, these claims involve the radiologist’s failure to detect something on the imaging study that, in the exercise of reasonable care, should have been seen.
How Radiology Errors Can Harm Patients
Radiology errors can have serious, lasting effects for patients. In many cases, a radiologist’s mistake can lead to misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose serious conditions, such as cancer.
Examples of situations in which radiology malpractice may arise include:
- Missing a tumor on a chest X-ray, resulting in a failure to diagnose lung cancer
- Negligent mammography administration or interpretation, resulting in a failure to diagnose breast cancer
- Failing to detect “free air” on an abdominal X-ray, resulting in a missed diagnosis of a perforated bowel
- Missing a fracture or break in a bone, resulting in a delay in treatment of the fracture, ongoing pain, and permanent impairment
Radiology errors like these can have catastrophic results. Time is of the essence in the treatment of most medical conditions, particularly cancer. Time lost in providing the appropriate treatment because of a radiology error is time during which the disease can progress unimpeded. Cancer that is allowed time to spread is cancer that is more likely to kill the patient.