How x-rays can give false positives such as cancer

How x-rays can give false positives such as cancer

| Jun 8, 2021 | Medical Malpractice |

Florida physicians utilize diagnostic imaging as a means of identifying different types of diseases, including cancer. The fact is that a patient has an improved chance of successfully combating cancer through early detection. Diagnostic imaging is not without its shortcomings, however. There are instances in which diagnostic imaging can produce a false-positive result for cancer when a patient does not have this disease. This includes residents of nursing homes or other skilled care facilities.

Digital imaging, medical malpractice and nursing home negligence

There are instances in which digital imaging results in medical malpractice and nursing home negligence. The most commonplace scenario is a nursing home resident undergoing digital imaging. The results come back indicating that the patient has cancer of some type. In reality, the digital imaging produced a false-positive result.

What a reasonably prudent physician would do in such a situation is to do follow-up testing to confirm the result or ascertain whether it was in fact a false-positive reading. The failure to promptly undertake follow-up testing to confirm the initial results may amount to nursing home negligence.

Invasive procedures and psychological stress

The failure to confirm the efficacy of an initial digital imaging result itself can result in undertaking an unnecessary invasive procedure like a biopsy. Such a state of affairs can also cause unnecessary emotional distress.

If you or a loved one has endured what appears to be the mishandling or a false-positive digital imaging, a Florida medical malpractice attorney can assist you in understanding your important legal rights. In many cases, such an attorney will schedule an initial consultation with you to evaluate your claim at no cost to you.