Preventing Medical Errors: FDA Wants Safety Measures Taken in CT Scans

Posted on Nov 22, 2010

November 19, 2010 - The New York Times reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that greater safety measures be put in place with the use of CT Scans. This comes after an investigation this past year into hundreds of radiation overdoses that took place between 2008 and 2009.

Most of the radiation overdoses reportedly took place at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The hospital reported that as many as 269 patients had been given higher-than-expected doses of radiation.

Patients in the states of California and Alabama were left to suffer with a number of side effects from the radiation overdoses, which included memory problems, confusion and hair loss. 

In addition, Huntsville Hospital was also reported as one of the top locations for brain scan overdoses. GE Healthcare, who provided the scanners, found that higher levels of radiation were used in order to get clearer images.

The FDA is now recommending that greater safety measures be put in place, which should include better education and training in the use of the scanners. It also recommends that the machines be equipped to warn an operator when a higher radiation dose is about to be given to a patient.

If you have been the victim of a radiation overdose or any other type of medical negligence, a West Virginia medical malpractice lawyer can talk to you about your options for legal recourse. An attorney will evaluate your case to determine if you should file a medical malpractice claim.

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