Imaging tools, such as x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, and CT scans can be very valuable diagnostic tests, but they are only as good as the individual reading them. When a doctor fails to notice or diagnose a condition revealed by the test, the patient can be seriously harmed. When that occurs, the doctor or medical facility may be held liable for malpractice.
There are a number of conditions that imaging scans can detect. Pregnancies are now routinely monitored with ultrasounds, and they can help identify life threatening conditions which could result in birth defects or birth injuries. Imaging scans can help identify traumatic brain injuries. Cancer can be detected with imaging scans, and if it detected earlier, the survival rate is much higher. Imaging scans can also be used to located internal wounds or bleeding.
It’s been estimated that about 50,000 patients in the U.S. die every year because doctors failed to diagnose their conditions. Many of those conditions can be discovered with accurate tests and appropriate treatment. When misdiagnosis occurs, a patient can be killed or may be forced to go through much more rigorous and painful treatments later.
If you or a loved one has had a condition misdiagnosed by a doctor or another medical professional, and that misdiagnosis resulted in harm, you should speak with an attorney. If you’re in the Houston area, call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today or visit us on Google Plus to learn more about the firm.