• How can you tell if you are dealing with an inexperienced radiologist?

    Asked by RockTom on Friday, May 3, 2013

    How can you tell if you are dealing with an inexperienced radiologist?

    My first clue was when they looked at my scan and told me that there was nothing significant on the scan, even though it showed my lymph node large marble sized. Follow up biopsy was positive. Seems they should have seen that on the scan, thoughts?

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    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Was it a Doctor? Hopefully not. If it was an xray tech, they shouldn't have said anything about your results. You may meet some real crappy docs in the process of your diagnosis; but remember you have the power to choose who treats you. If you don't like a doctor, ditch him/her and find one you prefer. I think it's very important to have a good relationship w/whomever treats you. Good luck in finding someone else.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I would speak to the head of the radiology department and then the rest of my oncology team about this ASAP. If necessary switch to a new team and/or treatment center. Most scans are double and tripled checked by the techs and the the radiologist, so I am not sure exactly what went wrong.

      over 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Another reason to get a second opinion. Also, when something like this happens, ask for clarification. It might be a semantics issue and they weren't on the same wavelength as yourself. Could be interpretation. Could be lack of experience as you felt.

      over 4 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      That sounds like a person trying to make you feel good before the doctor gave you the bad news. Though to be fair sometimes things look bad to us on a scan or X Ray but to someone trained it has different qualities (different margins or transparency) for instance in breasts we have lumps that show as small lumps but are not a concern because of the way they look they are normal but tumors show up differently. I am still mad at the doctor that did not see my cancer 40 years ago so I understand. Tracy

      over 4 years ago

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