Valenzuela Law Firm, PA | Trial Attorney
Attorney Henry E. Valenzuela

Radiology: Vital but open for error

On Behalf of | Nov 22, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

As technology has advanced, the medical field now has a growing number of tools available to ensure you receive the right diagnosis.

After going to a Florida radiology center, you expect clear, concise results to know where to go next. If an error occurs, that may mean months with a potentially fatal illness that has gone undiagnosed.

The importance of radiology

Radiology actually encompasses a broad spectrum of techniques. These include MRIs, CT scans, PET cans, ultrasounds and fusion imaging. While each method serves its purpose, they all provide doctors with medical imaging results to determine illnesses, from cancer to strokes to spinal cord injuries and more. After the scan, the radiologist has the role of interpreting the results and ensuring your information is properly stored. When everything falls into place, your doctor provides you with a quick and accurate diagnosis.

The seriousness of an error

Unfortunately, errors happen more frequently than people may think. Common errors include misreading an image and poor communication. While radiologists and doctors may have a lot on their plates, this type of error due to doctor negligence has severe consequences. When your doctor requests you get some form of medical imaging, it indicates that you may have a serious condition. Oftentimes, early detection plays a critical role in surviving life-threatening illnesses.

If you find yourself in a situation in which your severe condition went undetected, you may face an even bigger medical battle. Whether the radiologist missed the issue or did not communicate it correctly, you have the right to file a lawsuit.