Third CT scan investigation in Comox

VICTORIA - The B.C. government is investigating its third incident of problems with diagnostic medical imaging, this time at a hospital in Comox.

VICTORIA – The B.C. government is investigating its third incident of problems with diagnostic medical imaging

VICTORIA – The B.C. government is investigating its third incident of problems with diagnostic medical imaging, this time at a hospital in Comox.

An unnamed radiologist at St. Joseph’s General Hospital has had his privileges to read CT scans suspended after “significant errors” were discovered, the health ministry announced Monday. The diagnostic scans are used to detect cancer and heart conditions.

The Comox doctor has had credentials to read CT scans for 30 years. He has surrendered his hospital privileges at St. Joseph’s while the investigation is conducted.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons previously suspended radiologists working in Powell River and Abbotsford after similar deficiencies in reading and interpreting scans were discovered.

The deficiencies at Comox were identified in mid-January, but the situation wasn’t reported to the Vancouver Island Health Authority until Friday.

Health Minister Colin Hansen said the Comox case has been added to an investigation being conducted by Dr. Doug Cochrane, chair of the B.C. Patient Safety and Quality Council. Cochrane has been assigned to determine within the next month if all radiologists working in B.C. are properly trained to interpret diagnostic scans.

The Abbotsford case involved about 170 scans in August and September of 2010, performed by a vacation relief radiologist. Patients were to receive notice in registered letters from the Fraser Health Authority.

The Powell River radiologist worked there from April to October 2010, and was not qualified to read CT scans. A total of 900 scans examined by that doctor were reviewed by qualified specialists, and 130 were found to require further checks with patients.

The Powell River radiologist also handled ultrasound scans of 2,300 pregnant women.

Hansen apologized to patients who may not have received proper service from the hospitals, and expressed confidence that Cochrane’s review would provide the answers the health ministry needs.

Just Posted

BM&TS show ‘a tale as old as time’

The theatre group produced Beauty and the Beast.

Video: MP hears pot, pipeline and politics concerns

South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP hosts town hall forum in Penticton

Needles killer frightened many in our town: BC author

Roy Bugera disrupted life in a quiet Vancouver Island village before moving to Arrow Lakes

RCMP investigate stabbing incident

Injuries were non-life threatening, RCMP report

Health Minister says coming changes will make difference in rural communities.

“As a government, Premier Horgan is committed to improving the ambulance service.”

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Packaging will include red stop sign with marijuana leaf and ‘THC’

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Viewer Photos: First day of Spring around British Columbia

Our loyal viewers sent us some of their favourite Spring photos from all corners of the province

Five Canadian kids charged with making school threats

Police say online threats are on the rise

Not even Ellen DeGeneres can get Virtue, Moir to say they’re more than friends

Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday

RCMP warn public to stop pouring gas on fires after three incidents

Police responded to three recent incidents that sent seven people to hospital

SPCA seeks help to treat dog found with collar embeeded in neck

Rusty, a shar-pei/Labrador cross, needs another two months to recover, with care costing $2,400

BCHL Today: Surrey Eagles in the driver’s seat and Ethan Martini takes a seat

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

New Liberal bill would tighten controls on sale, licensing of firearms in Canada

Measures are intended to assist police in investigating gun trafficking and other crimes

Most Read