Fda Probes Radiation Exposure During Brain Scans

12.08.09 | FL News Team

Hundreds of people receiving brain scans may have received a whopping overdose of radiation. The Food and Drug Administration says some patients may have gotten up to eight times the normal radiation during a CT scan. Some patients lost their hair or their skin turned red. The overexposure puts patients at greater risk of cataracts and cancer. The worst problems occurred at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where the FDA was looking into 206 cases of overexposure. Two other California hospitals and one in Huntsville, Alabama also reported problems at their imaging labs.

 The affected machines are made by General Electric and Toshiba, and both companies said they're cooperating with investigators. GE said they've confirmed there weren't any malfunctions or defects in their equipment at Cedars-Sinai. The hospital said it's found 260 cases of overdoses, which it disclosed last month. The FDA has put out new guidelines to urge technicians to check display panels before zapping a patient to make sure they're delivering the right dose of radiation.