Due to negligence, poor supervision and lack of a reliable monitoring of diagnostic imaging in B.C. three people lost their lives, with gaps in the system including practitioners who failed to provide enough readings of medical tests.
On Tuesday, a number of systemic shortcomings were sketched out in a report. It was the second part of an evaluation that took place in February after questions were raised about the quality of medical scans interpreted by four radiologists practicing mainly in Powell River, Comox and the Fraser Valley.
At least a dozen patients’ care was directly troubled by the diagnostic scans, Dr. Cochrane said at a press conference in Vancouver. He added that in a few instances treatment would have been postponed as a result of, for example, the spread of a cancer going unobserved.
Dr. Cochrane said: “These events have had a huge impact on patients, families and the communities in which they occurred. The college bears some responsibility because as these technologies unfold, the standards that I as a college member need to be measured, need to be upped – and that has not been done.”
The report includes 35 recommendations, all of which are likely to be implemented.
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