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The frequency of diagnostic errors in radiologic reports depends on the patient's age.
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PMID:  20799919     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Patients who undergo treatment may suffer preventable medical errors. Some of these errors are due to diagnostic imaging procedures. PURPOSE: To compare the frequency of diagnostic errors in different age groups in an urban European population. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 19 129 reported radiologic examinations were included. During a 6-month period, the analyzed age groups were: children (aged 0-9 years), adults (40-49 years), and elderly (86-95 years). RESULTS: The frequency of radiologic examinations per year was 0.3 in children, 0.6 in adults, and 1.1 in elderly. Significant errors were significantly more frequent in the elderly (1.7%) and children (1.4%) compared with adults (0.8%). There were 60 false-positive reports and 232 false-negative reports. Most errors were made by staff radiologists after hours when they reported on examinations outside their area of expertise. CONCLUSION: Diagnostic errors are more frequent in children and the elderly compared with middle-aged adults.
Sandra Diaz; Olle Ekberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta radiologica (Stockholm, Sweden : 1987)     Volume:  51     ISSN:  1600-0455     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Radiol     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-10     Completed Date:  2010-09-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8706123     Medline TA:  Acta Radiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  934-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Diagnostic Centre of Imaging and Functional Medicine, Malmö University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Aged, 80 and over
Child, Preschool
Diagnostic Errors / statistics & numerical data*
Middle Aged
Radiology / statistics & numerical data*
Urban Population / statistics & numerical data*

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