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Medical Litigation issues and Mammography

Screening mammography, public perceptions, and medical liability.
Mavroforou A, Mavrophoros D, Michalodimitrakis E
Department of Forensic Sciences, University of Crete Medical School, 40 Daliani Street, 71306 Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
To outline the most common sources of raising malpractice claims in screening mammography and to discuss the related medical litigation issues in the light of the evidence-based medicine.
The most common cause of malpractice is the delayed diagnosis of breast cancer. The plaintiff must establish that the radiologist was negligent and the delay in diagnosis caused injury to the patient. Literature shows that mammography does not always detect breast cancer, and even skilled radiologists may periodically miss malignant lesions. Also, delay in diagnosis does not always affect treatment and prognosis.
Over-promotion of screening mammography has made disproportionately difficult for a defendant radiologist to prevail in a malpractice lawsuit.
Thus, screening mammography is at stake, although it saves lives. The public and legal system should be educated about biological processes, medical practice, and the limitations of screening mammography.

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Eur J Radiol 2005 Nov 28; [Epub ahead of print]
Medical Litigation issues and Mammography Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 Rating: 5


Dr Gaurav said...

Hi Sumer, it was a nice article.
Since you have said that the general public should be educated about the limitations of screening mammography, I suggest why don't you start with that?
I don't know whether it is already theer at your own site or not...
I think it will be a very nice gesture for doctors as well as general public...

By the way your site is very nice and you seem to have put a lot of effort making it. I am myself thinking of starting one of my own on

Dr Gaurav

Sumer Sethi said...

thanks Dr Gaurav,i dont know if u ve notice there is already a section on the side bar which says Information for the patients.. this is a link that i ve created for patient information .. although it is still in its infancy.. the thought that u ve mentioned is there...

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