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Diagnostic imaging

Review of mammograms will check for errors

MONTREAL – Approximately 15,000 mammograms done by a radiologist in Quebec are being rechecked for possible errors. Quebec’s College of Physicians says it ordered the review after irregularities were found in some tests the radiologist did at clinics in Montreal and Laval over the past two years.

It means that thousands of Quebec women could have been given inaccurate results after being screened for breast cancer. The College, however, stresses that the review is a precautionary step, and doesn’t necessarily mean errors were made.

The radiologist, whose name is not being released, worked at the Radiologie Jean-Talon Bélanger and Radiologie Domus Médica clinics in Montreal and the Radiologie Fabreville clinic in Laval.

The College says patients will be informed by letter in the coming months as to when their results will be re-examined. The review will take at least six months.

Posted November 18, 2010

 

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