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Advances in diagnostic imaging may not prevent malpractice

Advances in medical technology have revolutionized the way diseases are detected and treated. This is great news for patients, as this may mean that they have a better chance of catching an illness early and it may increase their likelihood of survival. In fact, over the last several years, diagnostic imaging has advanced significantly, giving doctors and patients hope that several diseases can be caught early enough for effective treatment.

Computed Tomography Angiography has changed the way doctors examine blood vessels. A traditional angiography required the use of a catheter followed up by an x-ray, but the computed tomography technique allows the process to be noninvasive, making it safer for patients.

PET/CT scans for cancer, though nothing new, have become increasingly important. This technology can allow a doctor to acquire a better view of a patient's medical condition by utilizing injected radioactive material to assess bodily functions such as glucose metabolism.

Also, digital mammography has changed breast cancer detection. Advanced technologies provide doctors with more detail and a study has shown it to be more accurate than traditional mammography for some women, including those with dense breast tissue.

Modern advances in imaging systems have mostly replaced exploratory operations which means patients may be kept safer from surgical errors. However, doctors have to be able to accurately read imaging results in order to make an accurate diagnosis. When there is a failure to diagnose a disease or a missed diagnosis, the patient may suffer a worsened condition and perhaps even a decreased chance of survival. In other words, even with the most advanced technology, patients still rely on the expertise of their doctors. When patients are harmed by these medical professionals' negligence, then they may have legal recourse to recoup their losses. Therefore, speaking with an experienced medical malpractice attorney based in Florida may be beneficial.

Source: Web MD, "Diagnostic Imaging: Beam Me Up Dr. McCoy," R. Morgan Griffin, accessed on July 10, 2015

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