N.L. reviewing nearly 14,000 more mammogram results for potential errors – CBC

Regional health authorities reviewing tests after revelation that Central Health used substandard monitors

Aug 31, 2022

Newfoundland and Labrador’s four regional health authorities will review thousands of diagnostic images stretching back to 2018, after confirming patients across the province have been screened for breast cancer on inadequate monitors.

Eastern Health’s audit to date has identified 3,800 exams since 2018 that “will require further review,” said Kenneth Baird, interim president and CEO, at a news conference Wednesday.

Labrador-Grenfell Health will send 2,530 images for a closer inspection, while Western Health is looking at 7,554 tests, for nearly 14,000 new tests in question announced today.

That’s in addition to about 3,000 tests from Central Health already under review. That audit began last week after the health authority noticed it had been using out-of-date monitors to look at its mammography images.

Baird said the health authorities may need to look outside the province for radiologists to pore over more than 16,000 images and ensure diagnostic imaging can proceed normally.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/mammography-results-aug-31-1.6567728

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