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CT Brain Scan Lawsuit Stands Poised In WV

March 25, 2011
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Surprisingly, almost three weeks elapsed from the time a West Virginia hospital admitted exposing CT brain perfusion scan patients to radiation overdoses until the first legal action hit the courts.

As we reported early this month, Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington issued a press release saying that some patients suspected of being stroke victims received the overdoses during the period from October 2009 through November 2010. On Tuesday, two law firms in Charleston, West Virginia, filed a notice of claim against the hospital on behalf of three former patients. In West Virginia, that’s a necessary prelude to filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

The filing indicated that the lawyers want to make the lawsuit a class action.

In other radiology news:

  • Ground was broken Tuesday for the first proton therapy center in the Pacific Northwest, to open in 2013 on the campus of Northwest Hospital & Medical Center in Seattle. Proton therapy is a form of radiation therapy for cancer that uses proton beams instead of X-rays. Protons can be controlled more precisely and thus cause less damage to healthy tissue. DOTmed News reports that the United States has only nine proton therapy centers, with a 10th scheduled to come on line next year. Why so few? Proton-accelerating cyclotrons or synchrotons are expensive. The Seattle center will cost $160 million.
  • The Royal Cornwall Hospitals National Health Service Trust in England has implemented an electronic system for ordering medical images that takes only seconds. “Our clinicians like the system because they have had a lot of input into its development, so it works in just the way they want it to,” said Simon Thorogood, MD, a consultant radiologist. Reports Jamie Thompson of Healthcare IT News:

In the previous paper-based system, it could take several days for an order to reach the appropriate person. Incomplete information or poor handwriting led to further complications in completing orders.

Related seminar: CT Angiography and 3D Imaging: Current State-of-the-Art

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