Radiology Expert Witnesses
Key insights on cases involving misdiagnosis and malpractice
Radiology is a medical specialty that focuses on imaging techniques to diagnose and treat diseases. Radiology is most commonly associated with diagnostic tests such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasounds. However, the field of radiology also includes radiation-guided treatments.
In the United States, radiologists must complete a medical degree and a four-year radiology residency, which includes focused training on performing and interpreting various medical imaging tests. Radiologists can also pursue fellowship training in a subspecialty such as interventional radiology, neuroradiology, or pediatric radiology. Board Certification in radiation oncology is administered by the American Board of Radiology (ABR).
Recognized subspecialties of radiology include:
- Breast imaging
- Cardiovascular radiology
- Diagnostic radiology
- Gastrointestinal radiology
- Interventional radiology
- Musculoskeletal radiology
- Nuclear medicine
- Pediatric radiology
The role of a radiologist as an expert witness
General radiologists are most commonly called upon as expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases involving misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. A radiologist can explain the diagnostic standards of care that apply and offer an opinion on whether the defendant radiologist met the standard of care. They can also explain the consequences of a delayed diagnosis and the possible ramifications for the patient.
Radiologists can also be valuable expert witnesses in various personal injury and workers’ compensation matters that require an imaging test to diagnose the plaintiff’s injuries. An experienced radiologist can review these test results and offer a professional opinion on the nature, cause, and extent of the injury.
Contact Rieback Medical-Legal Consultants today
For decades, Rieback Medical-Legal Consultants has been working with many of America’s finest medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys. We carefully vet all our experts and act as an integral part of your team from start to finish. If you need a Board-Certified radiologist for consultation or trial testimony, contact us for a free case summary review.