What Is Radiology Malpractice?
The clinical specialty of radiology is based on the technology of making medical images using radiation or some other form of radiant energy. Approximately 350 million radiographic procedures are performed annually in the U.S. More than half of these are not done in hospitals, but in the offices of private physicians, and most of those are not interpreted by trained radiologists. The use of x-rays, CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammograms and other types of radiographs are quite common. The chest x-ray, for example, is a widely used general diagnostic tool, accounting for about one half of all medical images taken, or about 175 million per year.
Errors in reading x-rays, MRIs and CT scans are a very common form of medical malpractice. These errors can sometimes be more harmful than medication errors. A radiologist’s review is crucial to the patient’s treatment and oftentimes the radiology diagnosis serves as the basis for the patient’s treatment course. When this is not performed correctly, serious injury can occur.
Malpractice can also occur when inappropriately high dosages of radiation are administered. Last year, the New York Times reported the story of one New York hospital where a newborn infant had been irradiated from head to toe even though only a simple chest X-ray had been ordered. Technicians had given the same baby about 10 of these whole-body X-rays. It was also found that full-body X-rays of premature babies had occurred often, that radiation levels on powerful CT scanners had been set too high for infants, and that babies had been poorly positioned, making it hard for doctors to interpret the images.
And these types of situations are not limited to infants. There have been reports of numerous incidents involving the administering of excessive dosages of radiation to adult stroke and cancer patients who underwent CT scans.
How We Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the failure to properly administer or read an x-ray, CT scan or another radiological image or technology, or due to any other negligence involving radiology, it is very important to speak with an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney right away. An attorney who has experience handling these types of medical malpractice claims will know what to look for when analyzing your medical records, what questions to ask witnesses and experts, and how to prepare a strong and compelling claim. The hospital and/or doctor you have filed the lawsuit against will have powerful attorneys defending them, so you need to ensure you have an equally strong and experienced attorney representing you.
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If you or a loved one has been a victim of radiology medical malpractice you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. The medical treatment, physical therapy, adaptive equipment, and any other care that may be needed can be expensive. To ensure you have the financial resources you will need to provide proper medical care and treatment contact the Law Offices of Sam Rosmarin today at (914) 686-4000 to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated New York medical malpractice attorney.
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