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8,400 radiology images from Terrace hospital under review

Northern Health is reviewing over 8,400 radiology images taken at Terrace’s Mills Memorial Hospital.

The health authority says the images from over 5,200 patients were taken between last October and this January.

In a released statement, Northern Health says a group of radiologists in Vancouver are reviewing the images after they were made aware of inconsistencies with the reading and reporting of the medical images.

Northern Health’s Dr. Ronald Chapman says incidents like this are not common and safety checks that are in place worked.

The health authority emphasizes this doesn’t mean the original readings are inaccurate or incomplete, and they’re only one factor used in a doctor’s diagnosis.

Dr. Chapman says the discrepancies were picked up within three months, and the incident is currently under investigation.

Northern Health will be contacting patients who are affected and suggests anyone who is concerned to contact their physician.

It’s expected the review will be completed by the end of March.

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