Review of 500 scans could expand to 20,000.
Island Health says the review will begin at Campbell River and District General Hospital where 500 CT Scans and x-rays will have to be re-checked.
The health authority is reviewing diagnostic imaging reports from a radiologist who worked as a locum for Island Health at various times between January 2013 and February 2016.
“So we have recieved concerns from the public sphere regarding the potential issues with the accuracy of reporting of CT Scans from a radiologist who did work at least part time in Campbell River Hospital as a locum” said Dr. William David Robertson, Medical Imaging Executive Medical Director at Island Health.
Island Health says it doesn’t know if any mistakes were made and it won’t know until the first 500 reviews are completed and that could take about three weeks.
“When our initial review is complete we will there assess whether or not there is a requirement to review all of the films that were reported by this radiologist” added Robertson.
And that’s when the real work would begin.
Upwards of 20,000 diagnostic tests at Campbell River and District General Hospital, Nanamio Regional General Hospital and West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni would have to be reviewed.
“If there are not any issues in the reporting accuracy then you will not be contacted. If we find there are then you will be contacted as soon as we need you to know” said Robertson.
The name of the radiologist has not been released.