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B-Reader Evaluation and Early Screenings

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on November 21st, 2016

A B-reader demonstrates proficiency in the classification of specific chest X-rays and looks for changes that can be caused by inhalation of tiny asbestos particles. The main duty of a B-reader is to serve the best interests of patients by classifying chest X-rays as correctly as possible.

For many years asbestos was considered an ideal solution in building materials due to its desirable qualities. Asbestos gives protection against fire, electricity, and energy loss. So, this popular material was used in a wide range of products such as ceiling and floor tiles, roofing materials or home insulation. Therefore, millions of people, especially workers who handled these types of materials were exposed to extremely high concentrations of asbestos dust. This is responsible for a broad range of lung diseases including pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, and pleural mesothelioma.

B-Reader Evaluation Facilitates Early Detection of Asbestos-Related Diseases

It took a long time to realize asbestos' negative effects on health, mainly because asbestos generated diseases develop over several decades. For instance, mesothelioma takes 20 to 50 years to develop after the initial exposure. Slowly, evidence emerged that exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to deadly diseases like asbestosis, and several types of cancers. And, starting with late 1970, measures were taken to protect workers and consumers. B-Reader evaluation and screenings give you a better chance of detecting asbestos-related cancers earlier. Detection in the earliest stages makes cancer accessible to complete surgical removal. It should be noted that screening refers to the testing of healthy people without symptoms. You should not take your health for granted. Screening is a simple, painless and inexpensive procedure, and it might save your life. The sooner you find out, the sooner you get treatment. The NIOSH B-Reader Program started in 1974 and was designed to provide reading methods, reader competency and appropriate methods for imaging collection and viewing. Short of surgery, the most reliable procedure in these cases is to perform scans such as:

  • computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan,
  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan,
  • X-rays;

Receiving a Correct Diagnosis Is Essential for Recovering the Financial Compensation You Deserve

Unaware of the dangers, people all across America had already been exposed to the harmful effects of asbestos-based products. When it became clear what we were up against, proper testing methods were developed in order to ensure an accurate diagnosis. This resulted in procedures of screening for asbestos.

From the legal perspective, a misdiagnosis can result in a lower amount of monetary compensation from asbestos trust funds because the sum of money that asbestos victims are eligible for depends on their diagnosis primarily. The reliability of diagnosis allows you access to benefits and financial compensations for asbestos-related diseases.

Should I Schedule for a B-Reader Evaluation?

Cases of asbestos injuries occur both inside and outside the workplace (secondary exposure cases). If you work or have worked in one of the following occupations, then you should get yourself screened: