Tuesday, December 8, 2009

3rd Hospital Cited in Los Angeles for Radiation Overdose

It appears that 34 patients have received excessive radiation from CT perfusion brain scans at Burbank’s Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. In Los Angeles County, Providence St. Joseph is now the third hospital under investigation for problems with CT brain perfusion scans. The FDA and county officials said the problem was discovered by Los Angeles County radiation safety inspectors and reported to the FDA last week. The first indication that anything was wrong with the scans came in August when Cedars-Sinai discovered that it had accidentally exposed more than 200 patients to eight times the normal radiation for the procedure. In November, a similar problem was discovered at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. The hospital said that over a 10-month period, 10 patients received up to four times the normal level of radiation.