Radiology errors are sky rocketing. Radiologists are reading and reporting studies (aka films e.g. CT scans, MRIs etc) at an unprecedented pace. They are paid by the study not by the hour. It is a fact, the more studies a radiologist reads the more money they make, and ‘speed reading’ has become an unfortunate norm. The average CT of the head contains an excess of 800 individual images which is why radiology errors are increasing at an alarming rate.
In one of my recent cases, a radiologist missed a critical vertebral artery dissection on a CT angiogram (images depicted). Several images on the CT angio study in multiple different planes clearly demonstrated the dissection, yet the radiologist missed it. Why? After investigation it was revealed that he ‘read’ over 1500 images in 87 seconds which is unconscionable. Why would a radiologist do this? Turn around times. Radiologists are racing the clock by corporate mandate. Hiring an experienced medical malpractice lawyer who understands this ‘corporatization of medicine’ can make the difference in the success of your case.