More Likely to Get Misdiagnosed – Obesity Study Leads to Misdiagnosis or
no Diagnosis Using CT and X-Ray Scans and MRIs
July 25th 2006
Researchers in the United States say that the number of inconclusive
diagnostic imaging exams over a 15 year period has doubled. The
culprit, according to the researchers, was obesity.
They reviewed all radiology exams performed at the Massachusetts General
Hospital (MGH) between 1989 and 2003, in an effort to quantify how
obesity affects diagnostic imaging quality.
Dr. Raul N. Uppot said, "While 0.10 percent of inconclusive exams were
due to patient size in 1989, by 2003 the number had jumped to 0.19
percent, despite advances in imaging technology. Americans need to know
that obesity can hinder their medical care when they enter a hospital."
Uppot is the lead author and and staff radiologist at MGH.