Medical Errors and the Importance of Second Opinions in Radiology

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http://www.metismd.com/ | Seconds opinion services for radiology scans reduce the chances of a misdiagnosis or unnecessary procedure, helping patients stay on the right course of action for their ailments.

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Just the Facts: Medical Errors According to the Institute of Medicine, there are tens of thousands of deaths every year related to medical mistakes, while the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services places the number of deaths related to bad hospital care with Medicare patients alone at 180,000 a year. 1

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Just the Facts: Diagnostic Errors A 2009 study showed that of 583 physician-reported errors, 162 of these errors were rated “major” (i.e., resulting in a near life-threatening event, permanent disability, or death), and 241 of these errors were rated “moderate” (i.e., resulting in an invasive procedure, higher level of care, increased LOS, or short-term morbidity). The same study showed 44% of the errors occurred in the testing phase, 32% were clinical assessment errors, 10% involved history taking, 10% physical examination, and 3% were consultation or referral delays and errors. 2

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Just the Facts: Radiologic Errors In an analysis of 656 imaging exams collected over an eight-year period by radiologist Young W. Kim, M.D. and colleagues, 1,279 errors were found. Of those errors, 42% were attributed to under-reading, while a failure to comprehensively examine anatomy after seeing abnormalities relevant to the primary diagnosis made up 22% of the errors. 3

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Improving Radiology Accuracy with Second Opinions In a study of second opinion consultations in neuroradiology by John Hopkins, there was a 7.7% rate of significant discrepancy of interpretation. With a definitive diagnosis, the second opinion consultation was accurate in more than 84% of studies. 4

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Studies show doctors and patients alike benefit from second opinion services on radiology scans, including X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan, PET scan, and MRI. A second opinion requested by a patient or healthcare provider not only reduces the chances of a misdiagnosis or an unnecessary procedure resulting from an inaccurate reading, but allows the physician to focus on the most accurate and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment possible. Physicians Benefit from Second Opinion Services

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A second opinion can detect abnormalities that were missed and may also provide more detailed information, giving your radiology scan a focused and fresh pair of eyes. A second opinion radiology service focuses on communicating important information in a way that’s easier to grasp, with patients receiving highly personalized care by phone or online. With radiology second opinion services, there is no middleman. Patients talk directly with a radiologist about their images and concerns. Most importantly, more than just reassurance, a second opinion can save your life. The Significant Benefits of a Second Opinion for Patients

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MetisMD Radiologists are: U.S. board-certified and fellowship-trained Highly esteemed specialists with 10+ years of experience Published in their expertise field Based in the United States A Superior Level of Service

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MetisMD is a leading radiology services company that provides professional services and consulting. MetisMD goes above and beyond traditional radiology services, offering the highest level of dedication and commitment, promising patients and clients are given the attention and care they deserve. For more information, please visit www.metismd.com .

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/09/20/224507654/how-many-die-from-medical-mistakes-in-u-s-hospitals http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1108559 http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/rsna-2010/err-human-analysis-finds-radiologists-very-human http://www.metismd.com/ct-scan-diagnoses-why-a-second-opinion-is-important Sources

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