Hospital error leads to radiation overdoses

radioactive Hospital error leads to radiation overdoses

After Cedars-Sinai reset a CT scan machine in February 2008, more than 200 brain scans on potential stroke patients were performed at eight times the normal dose of radiation, the hospital says.

I used to work for some radiation oncologist, and the techs there would never ever ever override the radiation protocols.  I was told many horror stories of people did that, guess Cedars-Sinai hadn’t heard those stories 🙁

Also: they’re reporting that over 40% of the patients had patchy loss of hair after their scan, but didn’t report it.  wtf guys, if you’re loosing hair, tell your doctor about that.

via Hospital error leads to radiation overdoses — latimes.com.

2 thoughts on “Hospital error leads to radiation overdoses

  1. That’s a couple hundred lawsuits waiting to happen. How did it go unnoticed for so long? Every job I’ve ever heard of that deals w/ complicated technology has a long checklist of things the techs have to do on a regular (and timely) basis, and some it’s w/ every use. I suspect radiation levels on an CT scanner would be a check done every use.

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