Good news for radiology technologists. A new study published in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) reveals that technologist malpractice payments are rare.

The retrospective study, “Stability and Infrequency of Radiologic Technologist Malpractice Payments: An Analysis of the National Practitioner Data Bank,” by Duszak, Jr.; Berlin; and Ellenbogen looked at 1991 through 2008 malpractice payment data from the National Practitioner Data Bank.

The results show that there were only 155 technologist-related malpractice payments reported in those years, nationally. The median payment paid was $57,500, with the lowest payment only $750; the highest payment was over eleven million dollars.

Perhaps due to state physician malpractice legislation, more than half the payments were cases in just 8 states, with Louisiana and New Jersey leading the list.
The authors conclude that while the malpractice payments on behalf of technologists are rare—less than nine cases a year—the relative stability may be due in part to “deep pocket” shielding by hospitals and radiologists.

(Source: Abstract)