Tuesday, January 24, 2006

What went wrong with misread breast cancer scans?

The Times Online, January 24, 2006

What has happened?
A consultant radiologist working in two hospitals in Manchester made a series of mistaken breast cancer diagnoses during two years of screenings. Out of 2,500 screenings, 21 cases of invasive breast cancer were missed. Although four women were swiftly diagnosed, 17 women had their survival chances "significantly altered" by the delay.

What went wrong?
The two units where the mistakes occurred - Trafford General Hospital and North Manchester General - had only one radiologist checking screenings. In another hospital where the radiologist worked and where scans were double-checked, there were no reported errors in diagnoses. According to the hospitals involved there were no faults in the equipment used to carry out the screenings. An independent team will now examine exactly how the mistakes happened. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--


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