Radiology is an essential diagnostic tool in modern medicine. New York physicians depend on X-rays, MRI scans, CT scans and other forms of imaging technology to diagnose illnesses, identify tumors and other malignancies, prepare for surgery and make critical treatment decisions. Radiology has become a specialty within the medical profession. It has many subspecialties and, in addition to physicians who are trained as radiologists there are many categories of trained technicians who operate the equipment.
Correctly interpreting the results of an X-ray or imaging scan requires medical training and a high level of care and competence. When a radiologist or other medical professional makes a mistake, the results can be catastrophic for the patient. If the radiologist reports incorrect results to the treating physician, the result is often misdiagnosis, delayed treatment, and a worsened condition or even death.