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Study finds that body position could influence MRI scan accuracy

The sophisticated diagnostic equipment found in modern Pennsylvania hospitals is sometimes able to detect medical conditions that would have gone undiagnosed just a few short years ago. However, equipment such as MRI machines may be of little use if they are not used correctly. A study conducted by a Boston hospital found that MRI scans performed prior to breast cancer surgery may yield inaccurate results if a woman is scanned while lying face down.

The study was performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital, which is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and it involved researching the MRI scans of 12 women who were scheduled undergo breast cancer surgery. MRI scans are sometimes performed on women before such surgery to help surgeons to determine how much cancerous tissue needs to be removed and if the cancer has spread.

This type of MRI scan is often done with women lying face down because this position provides physicians with more consistent results. While the breasts of supine women may fall to the side or appear at odd angles on a scan, the researchers found that this position generally provided surgeons with more accurate and detailed information. The researchers said that their results were sufficiently compelling to warrant further studies with larger sample groups.

Medical malpractice lawsuits based upon a failure to diagnose pose particular challenges for personal injury attorneys and their clients. Establishing that a physician made an error involves showing that they deviated from what are considered the accepted standards of medical care. If necessary, attorneys may call upon medical experts to explain to juries that mistakes were made and standards of care were not met.

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