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.
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.
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