Evaluation of the legal implications of error in radiology and therefore the assessment of criminal and civil liability in the practice of the profession requires an analysis of how the public perception of the right to health has radically changed. This change has initiated a defensive approach to medicine and radiology that tends to be oriented towards precautionary measures, with a proliferation of often unnecessary imaging studies. In radiology, errors of omission or commission are frequent. A critical appraisal of the different types of error in radiology will help practitioners undertake the essential corrective measures. Through analysis of several cases derived from legal or insurance proceedings brought against radiologists, the most common forms of error are described, and their implications for criminal and civil liability are illustrated, although it is emphasised that the existence of an error does not always translate into the presence of malpractice.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging