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May 2020 Vol. 8 No.5

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Merit Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (ISSN: 2354-323X) Vol. 8(5) pp. 165-168, May, 2020 

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DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3832826


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It’s Time for Small “PAUSE”- Pitfall Analyses of Ultrasonographic Examinations: A Thought to Ponder for Clinicians

 
 
 

Dr. Manika Agarwal1, Dr. Sharat Agarwal2* and Dr. Rimse Rema Arengh3

 

1Associate Professor, North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS),
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Shillong (India)
2Associate Professor (Orthopaedics and Trauma), North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong (India)
3Senior Resident Doctor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS),Shillong (India)

*Corresponding Author’s E-mail: drsharat88@yahoo.com
Phone- +91-9436336213

Received: 01 May 2020 I Accepted: 17 May 2020 I Published: 23 May 2020
Copyright © 2020 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.

 

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In this era of technology, lots of emphasis is given to imaging technology as ultrasonography, which is increasingly becoming popular as a diagnostic modality in almost all fields of medicine, without realizing its inherent errors. Errors in radiology are uncomfortably common with the adjudged rate of 3-5% as studies revealed and much higher rates have been reported in many targeted studies (Lee et al., 2013). Ultrasonography is a useful tool, when considered along with the clinical features of patient. A majority of errors in radiology can affect the subsequent diagnosis and treatment of a patient. In case of an abnormality, not explained clinically, a second opinion from another radiologist or a discussion between clinician and radiologist may help to eliminate errors in diagnosis. In this article, we demonstrate the common sources of diagnostic possible errors and pitfalls in ultrasound based diagnosis through a literature search involving the incidence of events, the ways they can be categorized to aid understanding, and contributing factors, both human and system-based errors. Possible approach to minimize errors is contemplated to ensure better patient management and treatment outcomes.

Keywords: Medical errors, diagnostic tool, radiology, ultrasonography





 







 








 





















 









































































 










 







































 










 

 
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
                         

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