Sometime you’ve gotta look at real cases to get a true sense. Say for example, the grotesque problem of radiation overdoes involving certain CT scanning equipment, which FDA investigators now suspect may be due to equipment defects involving more than one company (GE and Toshiba to name two) and may be a widespread nationwide problem. The LA Times Reports:
In Alabama, Becky Coudert, a 59-year-old teacher, received a CT brain perfusion scan Sept. 8 at Huntsville Hospital, according to her Valencia-based lawyer, Rick Patterson, who is representing several victims from Cedars-Sinai.The first indication that anything was wrong with the scans came in August when Cedars-Sinai discovered that it had accidentally exposed more than 200 patients to eight times the normal radiation for the procedure.
The scan ruled out that Coudert had suffered a stroke. But within weeks, there was a bald strip circling her head above the ears. Patterson said medical records indicated that she had received several times the appropriate radiation dose, even more than the patients at Cedars-Sinai [in Los Angeles].
The overdoses went undetected for 18 months, even as many patients lost hair as a result.