Radiology covers a range of imaging techniques used to diagnose and treat diseases. It is an integral part of modern medicine, and errors made in this field can have large consequences.
Incorrect or missed diagnosis on radiology tests can lead to the wrong condition being diagnosed or even a failure to diagnose a condition at all. We expect hospitals to be safe places, providing us with the best care and correct treatment. Radiology errors can be made in both the NHS and by a private medical professional responsible for your diagnosis and in some cases your treatment.
If you have suffered an incorrect radiological examination, you could be entitled to compensation. These are cases of medical negligence which cause serious injury to you and should simply never have happened.
What is a radiology error?
Radiology covers a wide range of investigations, from simple x-rays through to more complex CT and MRI scanning. These are used to diagnose and to treat certain conditions. Patient safety and protection should be paramount, as errors can lead to serious consequences.
Some of the types of radiology errors include:
Misinterpretation of findings
Findings attributed to the wrong case
Poor communication. An abnormality may be detected but not conveyed to the referring clinician
Technical factors including use of wrong imaging protocol; contrast medium; patient body habitus; wrong site/side viewed
Abnormality outside the reporter’s area of interest
Sub-standard examinations and record keeping
Failure to refer back to the correct referring clinician
Remember, if you think something has gone wrong but you are not sure if you are eligible to claim, you lose nothing by speaking to a professional as our initial consultations are free and carry no obligation. The majority of our cases are also based on a no win no fee basis.
Frequently asked questions
What does it mean for me if I have been a victim of a radiology error?
If you have been a victim of a radiology error, you are likely to be able to claim for compensation. That is because these circumstances are avoidable and you have suffered unnecessarily as a result of the healthcare provider’s negligence.