Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tumor? What tumor?

Readers of Why We Make Mistakes know that radiologists miss much of what they are supposed to catch. The generally accepted error rate for the radiologic detection of early lung cancer, for instance, is between 20% and 50%; one study at the Mayo Clinic put it as high as 90%. Now comes the New York Times with a front-page story on the high error rate not for lung cancer but for breast cancer.

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