medical imaging of poor quality leading to misdiagnosis in the NHS

Medical imaging in the form of X-rays, CT scans and MRI’s are the basis for diagnosing most conditions.  We take it for granted that the report on our medical imaging is correct.  If the medical imaging report finds nothing wrong, well that’s a cause for celebration.  And if the medical imaging report indicates that treatment is required, then treatment is needed.  Right?  No.  That is wrong!

The picture on the left is an X-ray.  The picture on the right is a ‘magic eye’ where if you stare at the image for long enough, the picture may be revealed.  There is the chance that you will continue to stare at the grey wavy lines until the end of time. Or, if you’re a trained radiologist, and can’t admit that the picture you’re seeing is grey wavy lines, you can just pretend you see a picture. And if you surround your picture with enough scientific phrases then voila … one guaranteed misdiagnosis coming up.

In the long term the aim would be that there are robust auditing and training in place within the nhs so mistakes with xrays etc do not hapoen. In the meantime and although it’s a short term solution but if you think that xrays etc have not been interpreted correctly, then you have to seek a second opinion. A private online second opinion costs from £80 per area of the body. Speaking from experience, you cannot afford not to pay this money as the consequences of long term joint damage are irreversible.

This is a site that I would recommend Click here for details on how to upload your images of your bones and joints.

How many fractures and dislocations were not identified by the X-ray team?
What soft tissue abnormalities did the medical imaging department fail to report?
What hard tissue images did the radiology department fail to report?
A reminder of one of the aims of From the Pen Of

Which complaint brand should I choose?

The radiology department of the hospital?  Your local clinical commissioning group, The CQC, the NHS Ombudsman – PHSO, NHS England,

Actually, the answer is none of them.  As the NHS regulating bodies are more concerned with the temperature of the soup you are served than a diagnosis based on robust, evidence based X-rays and other medical imaging.

When it became apparent that so many radiology departments within the NHS hospitals could not interpret medical imaging correctly, I felt it was my duty to bring this to an accountable organisations attention with the aim of preventing further detectable and treatable harm to others. As my intentions were good, I did not think I would be misunderstood. So far my four of the five hospitals, My CCG, the CQC, NHS England and PHSO – the parliamentary service ombudsman have ignored my evidence based concerns. PHSO has suggested I contact the CQC. The CQC, NHS England and my local CCG have suggested I contact PHSO.

To view the CQC contact details page, Click here

To view the contact details of the NHS Ombudsman, Click here,   or you can call them their Customer Helpline on 0345 015 4033 or send them an email.

This is a link to their online complaint form, click here to view the form, NHS ombudsman complaint form

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