Being a skilled radiography professional doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed to never make a mistake. Situations can happen that are out of control, or someone on your team may make a minor lapse in judgment. What separates true professionals from the rest is being able to address common mistakes in medical imaging as soon as possible, and taking steps to minimize the risk of future issues. Here are some common errors that take place.
One common mistake that takes place is misdiagnosis. There can be a few reasons for this. Some conditions may look similar under examinations, and if one is more common than the other, the medical professional may default to that one even if it is something else. In other cases, it’s a case of poor imaging quality obscuring what the root issue is.
The second common medical imaging error is less of a technical issue and more of a logistical one. Sometimes, directives to store medical images, deliver them from centers to practices, or even using certain software, can be misinterpreted. A common reason for this is new technology being introduced without time for proper onboarding. To avoid this issue, you want to make sure your entire staff has the appropriate amount of time to learn new tools when they are introduced.
Medical imaging mistakes, when they are caught, still represent a minor loss of time and efficiency in a medical practice. If they’re not caught, there’s suddenly a much larger issue in terms of misdiagnosis or potentially missing something important over the course of treatment. As a result, while these issues may not occur often, they do need to be taken seriously. In many cases, this means understanding that legacy radiography equipment may no longer be up to the job. To make sure you handle this issue, schedule a consultation with JPI Healthcare Solutions today.