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Journal Article
Commentary

Ethical challenges in child abuse: what is the harm of a misdiagnosis?

Brown SD. Pediatr Radiol. 2021;51(6):1070-1075.

Misdiagnosis of child abuse has far-reaching implications. This commentary discusses the ethical tensions faced by pediatric radiologists of both over- and under-diagnosing child abuse. The author suggests ways that physicians and professional societies can partner with legal advocates to create a more balanced pool of experts to alleviate perceptions of bias and acknowledge harms of misdiagnosed child abuse.