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Radiology errors could place patients at risk

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2021 | Medical Malpractice |

Imaging procedures continue to play a vital role in the diagnosis and treatment of a multitude of medical conditions. However, despite the level of advancement in radiological technology, there are still certain risks involved with such processes. Studies suggest that there are certain radiology errors that prove far too common, each of which could cause significant harm to the well-being of a patient. 

Common errors 

According to studies, one of the most common types of radiology errors involves a mix-up of patient records. This could occur when record keeping practices prove inaccurate or when scans are performed on the wrong patient. Studies also indicate that another common error occurs when imaging procedures capture the incorrect or opposite body part. 

Studies also suggest that errors can occur during the examination of images, whether these stem from a lack of knowledge or training or from improper imaging procedures. As the equipment used to capture images is an essential part of the process, the presence of malfunctions could also skew results. Another common concern involves scenarios in which medical professionals may fail to take other factors into account when reading scans, such as pregnancy. 

Severe injuries 

Regardless of how it occurs, radiology errors run the unfortunate risk of placing the health of a person in North Carolina at risk. Those who suffer severe or permanent harm due to similar forms of negligence and wish to seek insight on their available options for legal recourse might find it helpful to consult with an attorney for advice about their situation. An attorney can evaluate a client’s injuries, along with the circumstances under which they occurred, and help develop a strategy with which to seek the full amount of compensation entitled through a medical malpractice claim.