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Someone Else Involved In 1,289-Scan Fakery?

July 12, 2011
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The infamous case of a Georgia radiology technician accused of giving “all-clear” reports on 1,289 mammograms (even though no doctor ever saw them) took an odd turn on Monday.

Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig said that, at his request, the trial of Rachael Michelle Rapraeger was being delayed from its scheduled start time of this week or next “because we are looking to see if anyone else has criminal exposure in this case.” The trial, he said, will probably begin near the end of the year.

Infuriatingly, he did not elaborate on who else might have “criminal exposure” or what form that exposure might have taken. According to The Warner Robins Patriot (an online newspaper affiliated with local radio and TV outlets and based in Warner Robins, Georgia), he did say:

We’re trying to overturn a few other stones to make sure we deal with everybody we need to deal with. I don’t want to take Mrs. Rapraeger to trial and place all the focus on her if there are other people out there.

So the authorities arrested this woman in April 2010, and they’re still not sure whether “there are other people out there”?

Sigh.

To recap: Hartwig’s office says that Rapraeger, who was at the time a radiology technician at Perry Hospital in Perry, Georgia, processed 1,289 mammograms without authorization from a radiologist or anyone else. That improper handling took place from January 2009 into April 2010. Rapraeger allegely issued negative findings in each case, even though the scans showed that at least 10 women had conditions requiring medical attention.

Rapraeger was charged with 10 felony counts of computer forgery and 10 counts of misdemeanor reckless conduct. (Georgia apparently has no law specifically saying that unauthorized personnel are not allowed to read mammograms and subsequently report fake results because, well, who thought one would be needed?) She is free on $50,000 bond.

Hartwig said he knew the public preferred a speedy trial:

Certainly the women affected in this case want that, and I get a couple of calls each month from civil attorneys, but the investigation is ongoing. We need to look at everyone with potential criminal activity.

Stay tuned. We’ll update you when we learn more.

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