Deeble Issues Brief No. 44: Reducing diagnostic errors related to medical imaging

Provision of high-value health care requires an accurate diagnosis. This complex process is susceptible to error, potentially leading to significant patient harm. The issue of diagnostic errors is particularly relevant to the diagnostic imaging sector.

There is limited data on the incidence of diagnostic errors related to medical imaging despite significant investment of public funds to improve patient access to diagnostic imaging and increasing Medicare expenditure in the past 5 years. As a result, there is an absence of a co-ordinated national strategy to prevent diagnostic errors and maximise patient outcomes from diagnostic imaging.