- computed tomography (CT) scans;
- magnetic resonance imaging (MRI);
- and ultrasounds.
There are approximately 30,000 active radiologists in the United States. After medical school, each must complete a 4 year residency in radiology. According to a recent report prepared by the American Medical Group Association, the median salary for the specialty is just over $438,000.00 per year.
Radiologists play an important role in a patient's medical care because they are a key conduit for information about a patient that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Through medical imaging, radiologists are called upon to identify a constellation of problems, including whether a bone is broken, whether an organ contains a tumor, whether the brain is bleeding, or whether screws placed into the spine are in the correct location. Where a radiologist fails to order the appropriate test (such as a CT or MRI) or fails to properly interpret a study ordered, he or she may be liable for medical malpractice.
The most common radiologist mistakes include:
- interpreting an abnormal study as normal;
- interpreting a normal study as abnormal;
- failure to diagnose cancer;
- failure to diagnose a bone fracture; and
- failure to diagnose an aneurysm.
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