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Cancer testing procedures that help doctors make a diagnosis

Sep 5, 2017 | Failure to Diagnose

New York doctors use different tests and procedures to make a cancer diagnosis. Patients who go to the doctor in order to have a lump checked might not know what the doctor’s visit will entail. General physicians might feel the lump and, if necessary, they might recommend a patient to another facility for further testing. A physician could recommend imaging tests and biopsy and tissue tests.

Imaging tests include X-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans and MRIs. An X-ray examination would use low radiation to show the image of the patient’s internal organs and bones, whereas an ultrasound would use sound waves to view internal organs. Both a CT scan and an MRI examination require that a patient lie down inside of a box-like machine that takes images of a patient’s internal bodily structures. In addition, both examinations may necessitate that a patient be administered a special dye that helps with the imaging, but a CT scan uses X-rays and an MRI uses magnetic fields.

In a biopsy, a doctor removes some tissue from a mass in the body in order to have it tested. Doctors may use a needle or they may make an incision. If they make an incision, they may remove a sample of the tumor, or they may remove the entire mass. When doctors get a sample, they may have it examined under a microscope or they may send it to a laboratory for molecular testing.

Patients who feel that they were harmed by delayed diagnosis when their doctor did not have a mass tested early enough might decide to discuss the issue with legal counsel. Attorneys could endeavor to determine whether the delay constituted compensable medical malpractice.