Radiology Concerns at Terrace Hospital
Prince George, B.C. – Northern Health is contacting some patients who have undergone CT scans, ultrasound and general x-rays at Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace over a recent four-month period after an audit of radiology exams found inconsistencies with the reading and reporting of medical images.
The health authority says the scans were read by one radiologist between October 2016 and January 2017. The radiologist is now on voluntary leave while quality concerns are addressed and scans re-read. A group of radiologists at Vancouver General Hospital is assisting with the reading of more than 8,400 images from 5,278 patients. The process is expected to be completed by the end of March and physicians and patients will be notified as results are received.
NH emphasizes that the review does not mean that all of the original readings are inaccurate or that a discrepancy will result in negative clinical concern or adverse health impacts to the patients affected. Patients will be contacted if necessary by their physician.