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Island Health undertaking radiology review

April 11, 2017

  
Island Health is undertaking a review of diagnostic imaging reports (CT Scans, X-Rays) from a radiologist who worked as a locum for Island Health at various times between January 2013 and February 2016. This review is taking place as a precautionary step and until records are reviewed, it is not known if there is cause for concern for any individual patient.  Diagnostic imaging done outside of this timeframe, and by other radiologists is not part of this review.

Island Health will be reviewing the results of approximately 500 CT Scans that were completed for patients at Campbell River Hospital prior to February 22, 2016. If any significant clinical discrepancies are found, patients will be contacted by their physician.

From the  results of this first CT Scan review, it may be determined that a larger Island Health review may be necessary that could involve re-reading  up to  20,000 diagnostic tests at Campbell River Hospital, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni.

We recognize this information may cause concerns for some patients and we are working to complete this review as soon as possible. Diagnostic imaging is used to support a physician diagnosis and is not the only factor considered in diagnosis and treatment.

Backgrounder: Additional information about the review (pdf)

   

Media Contact:

Shannon Marshall
Shannon.marshall@viha.ca
Island Health Communications
250-370-8270