Have you ever been injured and had to go to the doctor’s office or hospital for x-rays? Aside from an occasional broken bone or tooth filling you see on these scans, the entire process may seem a bit uninteresting. However, there are many cases around the world of radiology images that are hard to believe. While some may make you cringe, almost all will leave you wondering just how the person got into the predicament in the first place.
For example, a two-year-old boy once shoved a chopstick up his nose, and CAT scans revealed that it had gone seven centimeters into his brain without damaging major nerves or arteries. In addition to children and infants accidentally ingesting something, there is also the cautionary tale of the 25-year-old man who swallowed a fork on a bet and, as a result, had it lodged in his esophagus.
Read for yourself about some of the more bizarre radiology images that professionals have dealt with — and consider yourself lucky to not be in a similar situation as the patients!
Have you had to go to the doctor or hospital recently to get any type of test or scan done? Did you need an X-Ray for a broken bone? Or an MRI after an ACL injury? If so, you likely didn’t give a second thought to the imaging technology used to help your doctor determine the cause of your ailment. However, the invention and evolution of this technology over time has provided humanity with a greater understanding of diseases and injuries, and how various treatments can help patients recover.
Despite the discovery of X-Rays taking place in the late 19th century, widespread use of the imaging technology we see today only came about fairly recently. For example, the first MRI on a live patient was performed in 1977 and it took until the 1980s before MRIs became commercially available. Nowadays, nuclear medicine and molecular imaging are being employed to help doctors better detect and diagnose diseases so they can be effectively treated.
A second opinion can prevent medical misdiagnoses that often lead to unnecessary, costly and painful procedures. Medical misdiagnoses are also a leading cause of malpractice litigation. Learn more about the prevalence of misdiagnoses and how a second opinion on your radiology scan may prevent future heartache.
Medical errors happen every day. This is disturbing news for a number of reasons, but the most alarming thing about these medical errors is the consequences that follow.
According to the Institute of Medicine, thousands of people are misdiagnosed every year due to medical errors. This has led to high monetary and sometimes physical and emotional costs for patients. These mistakes are caused by a variety of factors, most of which are preventable.
Many medical errors could easily be prevented by additional attention by medical staff. A second opinion on radiology scans is a great way to do this. By having at least two medical experts interpreting testing results, accuracy can be increased by up to 90%.
The following infographic gives you more details on these shocking medical error statistics. Continue reading to learn how medical errors impact patients, as well as what you can do to help prevent them.
Doctors use a variety of tools in order to diagnose and treat injuries and diseases. Although a condition on the surface of the body can easily be seen by the naked eye, not all ailments are so easily identified. Many times a medical imaging technique is needed in order to peer inside of the body. That’s where a radiologist comes in.
Radiologists are specially trained medical doctors that use these medical imaging techniques in order to diagnose different conditions and diseases. After the condition has been diagnosed, the patient’s doctor can come up with a treatment plan that best suits the patient.
Learn more about radiologists and their role in health below.