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NY Times investigation, CANCER, RADIATION = MALPRACTICE (They are killing the patients!)

 

NY Times investigation Medical radiation and the new technologies that deliver it. Kristina Rebelo contributed reporting.

 

 

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/01/26/health/1247466738071/radiation-safety-falls-behind.html?ref=radiation_boom

 

 

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/01/23/us/1247466680985/hidden-danger.html

 

A Pinpoint Beam Strays Invisibly, Harming Instead of Healing

BY WALT BOGDANICH AND KRISTINA REBELO

PUBLISHED: DECEMBER 29, 2010

A fast-growing form of radiation therapy injures patients when its pinpoint beam is allowed to spread too far.

Radiation Worries for Children in Dentists’ Chairs

BY WALT BOGDANICH AND JO CRAVEN MCGINTY

PUBLISHED: NOVEMBER 22, 2010

Children are vulnerable to radiation, but dentists and orthodontists use technology that emits high levels of it.

After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks

BY WALT BOGDANICH

PUBLISHED: AUGUST 1, 2010

Among patients tested for strokes with a complex type of brain scan, radiation overdoses were more widespread than previously known, a New York Times examination has found.

Radiation Bills Raise Question of Supervision

BY WALT BOGDANICH AND REBECCA R. RUIZ

PUBLISHED: FEBRUARY 25, 2010

Officials are investigating billing practices at a Florida cancer center, a case that points up oversight concerns.

As Technology Surges, Radiation Safeguards Lag

BY WALT BOGDANICH

PUBLISHED: JANUARY 27, 2010

While new treatments are more accurate, errors in software and operation are more difficult to detect.

 

Video

Radiation Safety Falls Behind

 

Photographs

New Risks for Medical Radiation

Radiation Offers New Cures, and Ways to Do Harm

BY WALT BOGDANICH

PUBLISHED: JANUARY 24, 2010

While new technology saves the lives of countless cancer patients, errors can lead to unspeakable pain and death.

 

Interactive Graphic

Fatal Radiation

 

Video

Hidden Danger

Articles on Medical Radiation by Walt Bogdanich

 

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X-Rays and Unshielded Infants Raise Alarms

By WALT BOGDANICH and KRISTINA REBELO

Radiation errors at a hospital in Brooklyn raise questions about the competence, training and oversight of technologists who operate powerful equipment.

February 27, 2011

MORE ON: COMPUTERIZED AXIAL TOMOGRAPHY (CAT SCANS), MEDICINE AND HEALTH, X-RAYS, HOSPITALS, BABIES, RADIATION, DOWNSTATE MEDICAL CENTER

 

The Radiation Boom — Stereotactic Radiosurgery Overdoses Harm Patients

By WALT BOGDANICH and KRISTINA REBELO

A fast-growing form of radiation therapy injures patients when its pinpoint beam is allowed to spread too far.

December 29, 2010

MORE ON: ACCIDENTS AND SAFETY, SURVEYS AND SERIES, RADIATION,CANCER, MEDICINE AND HEALTH, HOSPITALS, REGULATION AND DEREGULATION OF INDUSTRY, SURGERY AND SURGEONS, BRAINLAB, VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS INC

 

Radiation Worries for Children in Dentists’ Chairs

By WALT BOGDANICH and JO CRAVEN MCGINTY; SARAH E. FITZPATRICK and KRISTINA REBELO CONTRIBUTED REPORTING.

Children are vulnerable to radiation, but dentists and orthodontists use technology that emits high levels of it.

November 23, 2010

MORE ON: SURVEYS AND SERIES, ADVERTISING AND MARKETING,RADIATION, THREE-DIMENSIONAL DEVICES AND EFFECTS, X-RAYS,REGULATION AND DEREGULATION OF INDUSTRY, TEETH AND DENTISTRY,COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET, CHILDREN AND YOUTH, ETHICS, CANCER,SCANNING DEVICES, MEDICINE AND HEALTH, HOSPITALS, AMERICAN DENTAL ASSN

F.D.A. Urges Steps on CT Scanning

By WALT BOGDANICH

The Food and Drug Administration says manufacturers must do a better job of training operators, including issuance of warnings about high radiation.

November 9, 2010

MORE ON: ACCIDENTS AND SAFETY, RADIATION, MEDICINE AND HEALTH, CAT SCANS, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION

California Tightens Oversight of CT Scans, Which Led to Overdoses

By WALT BOGDANICH

California’s governor signed tough new legislation largely in response to the overdosing of hundreds of patients who underwent brain scans for stroke in 2008 and 2009.

October 2, 2010

MORE ON: RADIATION, MEDICINE AND HEALTH, LAW AND LEGISLATION,HOSPITALS, CAT SCANS, HUNTSVILLE HOSPITAL, CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER, SCHWARZENEGGER, ARNOLD

 

After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks

By WALT BOGDANICH; KRISTINA REBELO CONTRIBUTED REPORTING.

Among patients tested for strokes with a complex type of brain scan, radiation overdoses were more widespread than previously known, a New York Times examination has found.

August 1, 2010

MORE ON: ACCIDENTS AND SAFETY, SURVEYS AND SERIES, STROKE,RADIATION, CANCER, MALPRACTICE, HOSPITALS, REGULATION AND DEREGULATION OF INDUSTRY, CAT SCANS, GLENDALE ADVENTIST MEDICAL CENTER, CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER, GENERAL ELECTRIC CO, TOSHIBA CORP

Safety Features Planned for Radiation Machines

By WALT BOGDANICH

Two groups representing the biggest manufacturers of radiotherapy equipment said their machines would shut down if unsafe conditions existed.

June 10, 2010

MORE ON: ACCIDENTS AND SAFETY, RADIATION, CANCER, MALPRACTICE,CONSUMER PROTECTION, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, JEROME-PARKS, SCOTT

F.D.A. Toughens Process for Radiation Equipment

By WALT BOGDANICH

The agency is taking steps to reduce overdoses after reviewing 1,000 error reports over the last 10 years.

April 9, 2010

MORE ON: ACCIDENTS AND SAFETY, RADIATION, CANCER, CONSUMER PROTECTION, MEDICINE AND HEALTH, REGULATION AND DEREGULATION OF INDUSTRY, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, GUTIERREZ, ALBERTO

V.A. Is Fined Over Errors in Radiation at Hospital

By WALT BOGDANICH

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission cited an “unprecedented number” of mistakes by the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center in treating prostate cancer patients.

March 18, 2010

MORE ON: FINES (PENALTIES), PROSTATE GLAND, RADIATION, CANCER,HOSPITALS, VETERANS, PHILADELPHIA (PA), VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

At Hearing on Radiation, Calls for Better Oversight

By WALT BOGDANICH

A dozen witnesses told a House subcommittee that more needed to be done to assure that radiation continues to help, not harm, patients.

February 27, 2010

MORE ON: ACCIDENTS AND SAFETY, RADIATION, MEDICINE AND HEALTH,HOSPITALS, NEW YORK CITY, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ST VINCENT'S HOSPITAL, JEROME-PARKS, SCOTT, PARKS, JAMES

Radiation Errors Reported in Missouri

By WALT BOGDANICH and REBECCA R. RUIZ

CoxHealth in Springfield, Mo., said 76 patients over five years were overdosed because powerful new equipment had been set up incorrectly.

February 25, 2010

MORE ON: ACCIDENTS AND SAFETY, RADIATION, CANCER, MEDICINE AND HEALTH, HOSPITALS, REGULATION AND DEREGULATION OF INDUSTRY,COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET, MISSOURI, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, COXHEALTH HOSPITAL

 

F.D.A. to Increase Oversight of Medical Radiation

By WALT BOGDANICH and REBECCA R. RUIZ; KRISTINA REBELO CONTRIBUTED REPORTING.

The agency said it would move to more stringently regulate the most potent sources, including CT scans.

February 10, 2010

MORE ON: ACCIDENTS AND SAFETY, RADIATION, CANCER, MALPRACTICE,MEDICINE AND HEALTH, MEDICAL DEVICES, HOSPITALS, X-RAYS,REGULATION AND DEREGULATION OF INDUSTRY, CAT SCANS, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION

Medical Group Urges New Rules on Radiation

By WALT BOGDANICH

The American Society for Radiation Oncology issued a six-point plan that it said would improve safety and quality and reduce the chances of errors in medical radiation.

February 5, 2010

MORE ON: ACCIDENTS AND SAFETY, RADIATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, MEDICINE AND HEALTH, AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR RADIATION ONCOLOGY

Case Studies: When Medical Radiation Goes Awry

By WALT BOGDANICH

Patients often know little about the harm that can result when safety rules are violated and ever more powerful and technologically complex machines go awry.

January 27, 2010

MORE ON: ACCIDENTS AND SAFETY, RADIATION, MEDICINE AND HEALTH

 

As Technology Surges, Radiation Safeguards Lag

By WALT BOGDANICH; REPORTING WAS CONTRIBUTED BY SIMON AKAM, RENEE FELTZ, ANDREW LEHREN, KRISTINA REBELO and REBECCA R. RUIZ.

While new treatments are more accurate, errors in software and operation are more difficult to detect.

January 27, 2010

MORE ON: ACCIDENTS AND SAFETY, STATES (US), SURVEYS AND SERIES,RADIATION, REGULATION AND DEREGULATION OF INDUSTRY, SOFTWARE,COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET, MALPRACTICE, CANCER, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, MEDICINE AND HEALTH, HOSPITALS, PHYSICS, UNITED STATES, VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION, FOOD AND DRUG

 

 

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