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Medical Legal Imaging Experts
It is paramount for attorneys and their law firms to develop a relationship with a trustworthy radiology center with the most advanced imaging. At BayView, we have decades of experience working with Personal Injury and Worker Compensation attorneys.
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Unique Experience to prove your case…
Our radiologists have amassed a considerable experience working as expert witnesses, and understand the important implications of reporting so that we can ensure it is high quality and appropriate for your needs. Attorney preferences for the Reading Radiologist are also honored so that we can better tailor our studies to your firm’s needs. All our radiologists are always available to attorneys by phone and even call to answer questions regarding your examination.
We offer same-day turnaround, and even ready-made exhibits to be included together with your examination report. 3D exhibits are also available and can have a higher ability to illustrate than traditional 2D images.
It is difficult to make a case when pathology is not as readily apparent. The technique is of paramount importance, and experienced attorneys already realize that not all MRI examinations are the same. Similarly, not all radiology reports are the same.
BayView Radiology MRI slices are thinner than competitors, down to 2 -3 mm slice thickness through the disc spaces with a more focused field of view. Other MRI scans have 4 to 5 mm slice thickness which results in 3 times less images and “skip” spaces. Therefore, our images are more sensitive for small tears and have overall superior image quality. At BayView Radiology, our MRIs have no skip spaces, smaller slices, at least twice as many images, and superior quality as compared to other centers.
A test not available elsewhere, allows disc herniations to be more obvious due to the simulation of gravity which makes them bulge and stand out more than they would otherwise, thereby simulating physiology.
Our MRI is a hybrid MRI with the largest commercial bore (donut hole) available, which is the perfect combination of a spacious feel while maintaining high image quality. Our staff is professional and courteous. Furthermore, at no additional charge, all patients will enjoy our Bayview Fusion services to increase their relaxation and have a more pleasant experience in our center.
BayView Radiology also has partnered with RAD1000. (www.RAD1000.com)
A picture is worth 1000 words, and a video is worth 1,000,000. RAD1000 creates illustrations that reflect the findings in your case. As board-certified radiologists, we will use special postprocessing software to create annotated high-quality medical images and/or video that will make the pathology extremely tangible for any jury or layperson to understand. With annotations, we are able to create a 3D side-by-side pictorial comparison of the pathology with the expected normal reference anatomy in a similar demographic. This will save you both time and money as there will be less expert testimony required, and less ambiguity about the case.
BayView Radiology is the obvious choice for all your medicolegal needs.
All high strength MRI magnets require you to lie down. Open magnets have poor quality and will miss pathology. So how do you simulate the physiologic gravitational effects of standing while lying down – Axial Lumbar Loading. The patient wears a vest that pulls the patient towards their feet. We dial it up to gravity which is what the patient experiences when they are standing upright. See below the difference:
Veribral Motion Analysis (VMA)
BayView Radiology is excited to announce that we have added Vertebral Motion Analysis (VMA) to our portfolio of services. As you know, VMA is a spinal test that takes a video of the patient’s spine in motion. VMA is a digital fluoroscopic evaluation with relatively low radiation performed to provide an accurate way to assess spinal ligament damage and transient malalignment abnormalities. VMA testing can help diagnose patient’s back and neck pain by showing real time images of these areas in the process of bending, making it easier to observe injuries in the lumbar and cervical spine. BayView Radiology is now one of the only facilities in the state offering VMA testing.
In conjunction with VMA, Bayview Radiology offers 4D Demonstrative Evidence which is a game-changing tool for personal injury. These examinations are created by our LightSpeed CT which produces slices down to a half a millimeter!
Rather than an open or closed magnet, our MRI is a hybrid, resulting in better patient comfort and higher quality images. We also offer Axial Lumbar Loading to simulate gravity during the scan so the pathology is better visualized as it would be with normal physiologic activity. Axial lumbar loading simulates a stand-up MRI while allowing the patient to lay down during the scan. This translates into higher quality images from our high field magnet.
Our MRI produces slices down to 2-3 mm which is superior to other centers who scan at 4-5 mm. Consequently, it is unlikely to miss pathology hiding in the gaps (aka “skip” spaces) created at other centers who scan using less optimal technique.
Our radiologists have amassed considerable experience working as expert witnesses, and understand the important implications of reporting so that we ensure the highest quality and appropriateness for your needs. Attorney preferences for the Reading Radiologist are honored so that we can better tailor our studies to your firm’s requirements. Our radiologists have training from Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Mallinckrodt, the University of Florida, Duke, and other esteemed institutions. All of our radiologists are always available by phone and can answer questions regarding your examination. We offer same day turnaround as well as ready-made exhibits to be included with your examination report.
We encourage you to contact us for all of your imaging needs! Our office is located at 10010 N. Dale Mabry, Ste 150, Tampa, FL 33618. You can also visit us on the web at www.bayviewradiology.com.
We look forward to working with you! Please call us at 813-964-8439 (VIEW).
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Consensus Radiology and Medical Malpractice Cases
In medical malpractice cases, there are often two experts, one on each side of the case. However, one is further from the truth. Consensus Radiology offers blind independent review by 10 different board-certified radiologists who review the examination, which has been disguised and inserted into their daily work flow. The radiologists do not realize that the examination in question is the subject of litigation. Consensus Radiology is a helpful tool to counter the claim that radiology expert witnesses are biased when reviewing radiology studies that are the subject of malpractice claims. Our Blind Panel Review aims to solve this problem, while improving expert witness credibility in supporting or defending the case merit. The 10 readers are presented with the same information as the initial reader had, and view the study on diagnostic monitors as part of their daily workflow. This simple tool is a cost effective way to create an exhibit that a jury will understand. For inquiries and to set up a Consensus Review please contact: DrDan@bayviewradiology.com.
Consensus Radiology and Clinical Work
Our insurance system does not afford compensation for more than one reader to review a live clinical case. Although occasional institutions have two readers signing off the same case, generally medicolegal issues prevent more than one radiologist from reading a clinical case, because should a misread occur, the plaintiff attorney has two targets instead of one. The effect of consensus for a misread such as a false negative is not a sufficient deterrent from mounting a case, since an expert can almost always be found to offer opinions that there was a violation of standard care. How do we solve this issue, allow patients to benefit from a Consensus Radiology approach, while not increasing exposure or deepness of pockets in the event of a misread? The solution is quite simple.
Patients who would like Consensus approach are welcome to sign our Consensus Consent waiving the doctor-patient relationship for all the ancillary readers except for one. Implied in the consent is that management decisions should not be made on the basis of the additional reads, and the patient agrees not to bring action against the additional readers give they are non-clinical. Please note that reimbursement for this type of service is not provided by most insurance companies since this is an outside the box option, and must be provided by the patient. However, the piece of mind of having multiple readers agree with the initial report is helpful to the patient. We offer a 2nd opinion, 3rd opinions, 4th opinions, etc. up to 10 different radiologists, with each opinion requiring an additional fee. This is a boutique luxury radiology concierge service for those who are interested. For inquiries and to set up a Consensus Review and for rates please contact: DrDan@bayviewradiology.com.