Radiology Expert Witness
A Radiology expert witness is a Radiologist who testifies on the use of imaging studies such as plain films (X-ray), CT, MRI, angiography, and ultrasound. Radiology is a field of medicine specializing in the interpretation of medical images as a tool in the diagnosis of disease. The training of a Radiologist is complex and typically lasts five to seven years. Traditionally, a one year internship in general medicine is followed by a four year residency in Radiology. Most Radiologists complete an advanced fellowship program in fields such as Abdominal or Chest Imaging, Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal Radiology, Mammography, Pediatric Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, or Interventional Radiology. Interventional Radiologists employ advanced imaging techniques to perform a variety of complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. While the interpretation of imaging studies is the cornerstone of Radiology, actual patient treatment is the hallmark of Interventional Radiology (IR). IR specialists utilize image guidance to perform complex medical procedures. Examples of common procedures include arterial embolization to treat acute bleeding, targeted chemotherapy delivered directly to cancerous organs, and transjugular shunts (“TIPS” procedure) to treat chronic liver disease. A carefully selected Radiology expert witness can address any of these areas.
Radiologists commonly interpret plain X-ray films, computed tomography (CT or “CAT Scan”), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasonography, positron emission tomography (PET scan), and angiograms. Since all fields of medicine rely upon imaging, Radiologists must maintain a wide knowledge base in order to accurately diagnose the range of diseases they encounter. In addition to correctly identifying disease, Radiologists also must be able to determine when additional testing or follow-up is required.
Litigation against Radiologists nearly always focuses upon alleged misinterpretation of imaging studies. Interventional Radiologists are subject to claims involving procedural complications such as bleeding, infection, and/or damage to adjacent structures. Elite Medical Experts can hand select a Radiology expert witness from all any imaging discipline including General Radiology, Pediatric Radiology, Neuroradiology, Interventional Radiology, Women’s Imaging, and Nuclear Medicine.
Radiology Case Matter
From plain film X-rays to state-of-the-art MRI and nuclear imaging, Elite reviews all aspects of Radiology-related litigation and consultation, including:
- Plain film x-rays
- Obstetrical ultrasound
- Abdominal Radiology
- Cardiothoracic Radiology
- Pediatric and developmental radiology
- Computed tomography (CT or CAT scan)
- CT guided procedures (biopsy, fluid drainage, radiofrequency ablation)
- CT Angiography
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), including MR Angiography and MR Arthrography
- Barium Enema (“Lower GI series”) and Barium Swallow (“Upper GI series”)
- Ultrasound Imaging (including Doppler and arterial duplex imaging)
- Ultrasound guided procedures (biopsy, foreign body removal, fluid drainage)
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET scan)
- Technetium-99 imaging
- Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (“TIPS” procedure)
- Arterial embolization and chemo-embolization
- Cerebral aneurysm coiling
- Inferior vena cava filter placement
- Gastrostomy tube placement (“G-Tube”)
- Hemodialysis port placement
- Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis
Due to the inherent complexity of the field, an experienced Board-Certified Radiology expert witness from a top university medical center is an invaluable asset for challenging assignments. To secure a hand-selected Radiology expert witness who is ready to work with you, please call Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on Elite’s experienced Case Strategy Team today.
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