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3 Common Radiology Errors

3 Common Radiology Errors

Radiology is a branch of medicine used to diagnose and treat injuries and diseases through the use of medical imaging procedures, including:

  • X-rays
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Ultrasound

Radiology errors are often split into two broad categories, including:

  • Perceptual errors
  • Cognitive (interpretive) errors

Perceptual errors occur much more frequently than cognitive errors and account for 60-80% of all radiology errors. These types of errors happen when the initial detection phase of image interpretation occurs.

Read on for a list of three of the most common errors made in radiology.

#1 - The radiologist misses a finding.

Also referred to as an underreading, this type of error occurs when a finding is present on the image, but is missed by the radiologist. This type of mistake occurs 42% of the time.

#2 - The radiologist fails to continue searching for more abnormalities after locating one.

This kind of mistake occurs when a finding is not discovered as a result of a failure to keep searching for more abnormalities once the first one is identified. Errors of this nature occur 22% of the time.

#3 - Faulty reasoning.

Also referred to as a true-positive finding misclassified, the faulty reasoning error occurs when a particular finding is appreciated and interpreted as abnormal but is linked to an incorrect cause. These kinds of mistakes tend to happen about 9% of the time.

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