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As a Florida stroke injury lawyer, I was astonished to read a recent New York Times article that found that a number of hospitals around the country were over radiating stroke patients.

The telltale signs of over radiation is a bizarre hair loss pattern, that resemble the CT machine. But more important than the hair loss is the risk for brain cancer.

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Where is the problem? Having sued Florida’s hospitals for nearly twenty years, on behalf of injured patients, I bet the problem is a combination of poorly trained and supervised employees and defective equipment.

What needs to be done now by every hospital in the country immediately:

  • Audit their policies and procedures.
  • Retest their staff and confirm they understand proper dosage.
  • Insist that all manufacturers calibrate all CT scanners.
  • Notify all patients they suspect may have been over radiated.
  • Immediately provide any over radiated patients medical care.

I am also concerned that, this epidemic, may have a chilling effect on some hospitals or ER doctors when ordering CT scans that might provide lifesaving diagnostic information for stroke victims.

If you have recently had a CT brain scan and have noted hair loss, memory loss, vision changes, or strange welts or blemishes, contact your physician immediately.