J Osborne MBBS, MTh, Grad Cert Legal Studies, Grad Cert Law (Hlth Law), MTh, FRANZCR; W Lee BSc (Med), MBBS, FRANZCR, DDU.
Evaluation of the legal risk of a ‘missed’ cancer in two breastscreen services
Article first published online: 3 MAR 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Volume 54, Issue 1, pages 24–25, February 2010
How to Cite
Osborne, J. and Lee, W. (2010), Evaluation of the legal risk of a ‘missed’ cancer in two breastscreen services. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 54: 24–25. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-9485.2010.02133.x
Conflict of interest: None.
- Issue published online: 3 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 3 MAR 2010
- Submitted 26 July 2009; accepted 7 August 2009.
- medical negligence;
- interval cancers;
- civil liability acts
Variation in opinions of medical experts is a problem for both the legal and medical profession. This is particularly relevant in breast imaging. BreastScreen Queensland and New South Wales have developed a review protocol to assess ‘reasonableness’ of radiological opinions. It is hoped that the protocol will be acceptable to the courts and will result in a fair outcome for all parties involved in a medico-legal dispute.