FDA Reports Misuse is Cause for CT-Scan Radiation Overdoses

November 18, 2010 – According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), misuse of scanners is the main cause for CT-Scan radiation overdoses. A radiation overdose can lead to serious injuries and result in a medical malpractice claim. Recent reports of radiation overdoses from CT-Scans prompted the investigation, which has led the FDA to conclude that the main cause is not scanner malfunction. When the scanners are properly used, they work well. Instead, operator error appears to be the culprit. With these findings, the FDA will now implement steps to help protect patients when undergoing scans. It has informed the largest manufacturer of CT Scanners, Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance, of the findings and the changes to be implemented.

Some of the changes the FDA recommends include:

  • instructions and clarity on parameters that affect the dosage amount;
  • operator alerts that sound when a patient receives a high amount of radiation;
  • training and information for all users; and
  • implementation of a user manual that contains dose-related information.

If you have been the victim of a radiation overdose or any other type of medical negligence, you should contact a New York medical malpractice lawyer. An attorney will evaluate your case to determine if your injuries were the result of a healthcare provider’s negligence.

Contacting a New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer

When you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury because of medical negligence, you are entitled to seek compensation for your damages and suffering. Consulting with a New York medical malpractice lawyer can help you better understand your rights, determine liability for your injuries and decide if filing a medical malpractice claim is right for you.  At Gacovino Lake & Associates we have formed a dedicated network of medical malpractice lawyers that serve clients nationwide. Our New York office serves residents of the 5 boroughs with their auto accident, medical malpractice, defective drug, premises liability and Workers’ Compensation claims. For experienced help with your medical malpractice claim, contact us today – 1-800-246-4878.

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