The problem is if and when the imaging is done incorrectly. The resulting radiation exposure can be even higher.
On October 15th the New York Times reported on the admission by renowned Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles that it had mistakenly administered up to eight times the normal dose of radiation to a collection of stroke victims over an 18-month period. The hospital disclosed that 206 patients were affected.
In an unrelated case, a young boy who was brought to Mad River Community Hospital in Arcata was subjected to over an hour of CT scan radiation.
The normal amount of radiation—and the normal length of the procedure—is about two or three minutes. According to a state investigation, technician Raven Knickerbocker activated the scan 151 times in the same area, whereas a normal scan involves about 25 images. The event is even more of a concern given that a child is more sensitive to the effects of diagnostic radiation, than an adult.
Knickerbocker was fired from the hospital, and is contesting the revocation of her license.
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has alerted all medical facilities that employ CT scan diagnostic imaging. The agency is asking all facilities to review their procedures.
It should be noted that the Mad River Hospital, which has 78 beds, did not report the radiation overdose to young Jacoby Roth, who is 2 ½. State officials only became aware of the incident after the boy's parents became suspicious and came forward. The family has launched a lawsuit against the hospital and the technician involved. Effects of radiation can take years to emerge. One radiation expert retained by the family predicted the child would develop cataracts within five years.