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Radiology and the Diagnosis of Cancer

  Alan Fuchsberg  |  October 23, 2015  |  

Some cancers are treatable when diagnosed in a timely manner, and a correct and prompt diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death. Radiology mistakes in cancer diagnosis may lead to delayed treatment. Any delays in medical treatment may allow for the progression of various cancers. In some instances, this results in the need for aggressive chemotherapy or radiation therapy in an effort to direct cancer into remission. In the most egregious circumstances, a delay in diagnosis could also result in terminal cancer.

Radiologists make mistakes. The primary treating physician is not always responsible for misdiagnosis cases. Radiologists frequently face lawsuits for malpractice claims, as well. The Journal of American College of Radiology found that between 2008 and 2012, the radiology field was responsible for a large portion of medical malpractice payouts. In fact, compensation concerning 879 radiology claims totaled a whopping $180,739,205—the vast majority of these cases involving allegations of misdiagnosis.

Investigating Radiology Mistakes in Cancer Diagnosis

Radiology mistakes are especially of concern when it comes to diagnosing breast cancer. The authors of the above-mentioned study contend that miscommunications from radiologists are often to blame for delayed medical action. They mention that “standardization of the content and language of recommendations and integrated IT solutions” lead to better follow-up from treating medical staff regarding imaging findings.

There are many reasons why an incorrect cancer diagnosis occurs, and such explanations can be highly complex. The attorneys at The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm in New York extensively investigate medical claims and work with expert witnesses to access whether maltreatment has resulted in a misdiagnosis.

If you or a loved one has questions concerning a possible misdiagnosis of cancer or other medical condition, please contact The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm for a free consultation. We are happy to provide guidance and to discuss all relevant legal options.

Data Source: Health Imaging, “Radiology holds the line against malpractice actions,” Dave Pearson, Oct. 12, 2015

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