Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced Monday that more than 200 patients received excessive doses of radiation because of a programming error in a CT scanner. Incredibly, the medical center said affected patients received eight times the normal dosage of radiation and that the error went unnoticed for about 18 months. Exposure to excessive amounts of radiation has been linked to cancer and other health problems.
Exposure to normal doses of radiation to treat or diagnose disease comes with serious health risks to patients that are already vulnerable. So this is awful news but, hopefully, the victims will tolerate this excessive radiation well.