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Overdiagnosing is a concern with some brain injuries

Anyone in North Carolina who has medical problems that doctors struggle to find an accurate diagnosis for might wonder how a correct diagnosis could ever be a bad thing, but the August 2015 issue of Academic Radiology talks about overdiagnosis and the dangers and complications this can bring. An overdiagnosis refers to identifying a disease at the earliest stages, which can lead to more harm than good as a treatment might not be necessary.

Radiologists can use modern technology to see more than before and can find abnormalities better even though these abnormalities can sometimes be innocuous. Since many physicians act cautiously in the U.S., one can diagnosis someone who does not need treatment in effort to keep someone healthy instead of just treating a person when ill. Overdiagnosis is a concern when it comes to traumatic brain injury, which can range from severe issues to more mild forms like a concussion. Imagining can detect mild TBIs, but treating a patient can be tricky when he or she shows no symptoms.

Neuroimaging techniques may be misused and misinterpreted when used on those with mild TBIs. This is a concern because misdiagnosis can occur with overdiagnosis. For example, someone with a mild TBI could have psychiatric problems that a physician could mistake for symptoms of a brain injury. This means one may receive the wrong treatment.

Determining what is wrong with a patient is often a process with little room for error, as a failure to diagnose can lead to further suffering for the victim. In cases where a patient is incorrectly diagnosed, it can result in a worsened condition while not receiving the proper care. Those patients who have been so harmed may want to seek the advice of a medical malpractice attorney.

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