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Rad Groups Recommend Keeping a Closer Eye on CT Scan Dosage Protocols After Cedars-Sinai Fiasco

November 04, 2009

by Brendon Nafziger, Writer

A series of CT imaging errors that left hundreds of patients with radiation overexposure at a Los Angeles hospital has prompted two leading radiologists groups to advocate for closer attention to dosage guidelines.

In statements released Monday, the American College of Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology suggest that hospitals look carefully at dosage protocols to ensure that patients are getting safe scans.

This announcement follows news that in 2008, during an 18-month period, around 206 patients at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles got eight times the recommended radiation dose from CT head scans, possibly because of the machine's faulty programming. The patients have now started a class action lawsuit against the hospital and GE Healthcare, the maker of the scanner. [See DM 10525]
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