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A 36-year-old member asked:

is it possible have something missed on an x-ray, mri, ct scan etc?

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Dr. Jonathan Mccrea
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
Missed Diagnosis: Yes, it is possible that a diagnosis was missed on your x-ray, ct or mri. Radiologists are just like all other humans and can, unfortunately, occasionally make mistakes. If there is concern, consider asking your doctor to discuss the examination personally with the radiologist who interpreted the exam and then to discuss those results with you.

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Please tell me the difference among x-ray, CT scan and mri?

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Dr. Steven Chmielewski
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The short story...: Xrays are images obtained by passing a beam through a detector to simply generate and image of which xrays did or didn't hit the detector. Ct uses the same technology but reconstructs multiple imaging points using a computational algorthim to make a much more detailed picture in the form of "slices" mri uses magnetic fields and radio waves to generate and image using computers to create images.
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What to do if I have something missed on an x-ray, mri, CT scan etc?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Inform physician: Radiologists trained in imaging from residencies and fellowships usually read imaging studies. They are usually peer reviewed to avoid making errors. However they are human and can make errors.Error rate is usually universally about 3-4%. In order to improve performance of medicine providers need to be informed. In imaging as in medicine there are gray areas and everything is not black and white.

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