Walter Reed failed to examine nearly 2K dental CT scans, investigation finds

by Larry Emmott on December 5, 2019

in Diagnostics,Management,Radiography

From Becker’s Review: If you read the article it doesn’t really amount to much. Supposedly no pathology was missed and no one was damaged by the failure to read the scans. If that is true, is there really any value to insisting that all CBCT scans be read by a trained radiologist?

At this time the pathologists and radiologists assert that all scans should be read by an expert and they make some good points as to why. However in my experience most scans are not being submitted for investigation by a specialist. Is that a breach of standard of care? or is it just lazy? Or is is actually OK if it makes no difference to the patients?

The best high tech solution will be for a trained AI to do a preliminary evaluation of all CBCTs and identify any that need additional evaluation.

Radiologists at Bethesda, Md.-based Walter Reed National Military Medical Center failed to read and diagnose nearly 2,000 dental scans, according to an internal investigation cited by The Wall Street Journal.

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