Cedars- Sinai Patients Receive Radiation Overdose ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cedars- Sinai Patients Receive Radiation Overdose

All 206 patients were not told that they had received a radiation overdose during CT scans at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In interviews with The Times, “four people said that although they were called and questioned by Cedars-Sinai radiologists last month, the doctors neither acknowledged any error nor explained that the patients had been exposed to eight times more radiation than necessary.” Cedars-Sinai has said the overdoses stemmed from an error made when the hospital reconfigured a scanner to improve doctors' ability to see blood flow in the brain. The faulty scans began in February 2008 -- after the computerized protocols were modified -- and continued until this August when the hospital discovered the error after learning of a patient's hair loss. The most serious risk from the radiation overdose is a brain tumor. Radiation experts said that chance is remote, perhaps 1 in 600 for each scan.

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