Who is liable when x-ray is performed on a patient who was not screened appropriately?

If MRI was performed on a patient with aneurysm clip because the 'ordering doctor' did not provide that information, is Radiology (who performed MRI) liable, or is it the ordering physician?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    All aneurysm clips used in the US are MRI safe, so scanning someone with an aneurysm clip is not malpractice. If someone got scanned inappropriately and there was harm done to the patient, the radiology facility and all those involved are at fault. In truth, though, any and all professionals involved with the patient's care is at risk for a lawsuit depending on the plaintiff lawyer.

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  • 1 decade ago

    IF is a BIG wide IF there!!!!!

    actually the fact that IF it Happened It depended on the STATE laws if it is the Technologist performing or the imaging department or the Radiologist or the Requesting DR- Different states have different laws- NOW IF some how they got through the screening process- the first fact about MRI is it isn't the requesting DR who is the informant person but the patient them self MUST sign a waiver disclosing the metallic items are absent or what has been surgically placed-

    SO final line the LIABILITY can always be argued back to the PATIENT

    MRI screening isn't a simple form and technologist and physicians alike have some to be very certain the form is filled out, discussed, and signed so no where later on is there an "IF"

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  • 1 decade ago

    most metal in the body is made to withstand xrays and mri. the triage staff should have gotten this information. if the ordering dr says to do this exam and you find that the metal is not conduscive to MRI, you can discuss with the dr

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  • 1 decade ago

    Radiology is resposible to screen all patients before starting any procedurers.

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  • 1 decade ago

    radiologist.. BTW.. i thought the aneurysm clip is not magnetized?

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