Le denunce per la diagnostica dell'apparato muscoloscheletrico: frequenza e sedi anatomiche coinvolte

Translated title of the contribution: Malpractice claims related to musculoskeletal imaging. Incidence and anatomical location of lesions

Adriano Fileni, Gaia Fileni, Paoletta Mirk, Giulia Magnavita, Marzia Nicoli, Nicola Magnavita

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Abstract

Purpose. Failure to detect lesions of the musculoskeletal system is a frequent cause of malpractice claims against radiologists. Materials and methods. We examined all the malpractice claims related to alleged errors in musculoskeletal imaging filed against Italian radiologists over a period of 14 years (1993-2006). Results. During the period considered, a total of 416 claims for alleged diagnostic errors relating to the musculoskeletal system were filed against radiologists; of these, 389 (93.5%) concerned failure to report fractures, and 15 (3.6%) failure to diagnose a tumour. Conclusions. Incorrect interpretation of bone pathology is among the most common causes of litigation against radiologists; alone, it accounts for 36.4% of all malpractice claims filed during the observation period. Awareness of this risk should encourage extreme caution and diligence.

Translated title of the contributionMalpractice claims related to musculoskeletal imaging. Incidence and anatomical location of lesions
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)1388-1396
Number of pages9
JournalRadiologia Medica
Volume118
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Medicine(all)

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    Fileni, A., Fileni, G., Mirk, P., Magnavita, G., Nicoli, M., & Magnavita, N. (2013). Le denunce per la diagnostica dell'apparato muscoloscheletrico: frequenza e sedi anatomiche coinvolte. Radiologia Medica, 118(8), 1388-1396. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11547-013-0953-8