Early diagnosis is crucial to effectively treating cancer and many other potentially fatal illnesses. While most doctors are conscientious professionals whose primary concern is the health and well-being of their patients, doctors are not immune to mistakes. A doctor's failure to order a test or simply misreading a scan could be detrimental to a patient's health, especially if the doctor fails to diagnose a serious illness like cancer.
That was the claim in a lawsuit recently settled in Ohio. In 2004, a Westerville woman went to the Ohio State University Medical Center for a CAT scan. According to the lawsuit, the images from the scan showed a cancerous growth in her pelvis, but the radiologist at OSU failed to detect the cancer.