At that time some irregularities from the results had been determined requiring Northern Health to seek outside assistance to provide a timely review of the findings.
Close to thirty-six Vancouver based radiologists were assigned the duty of reviewing approximately 8,400 images and from their findings 10.3 per cent of those images that were reviewed, resulted in a different interpretation that is considered clinically significant.
Those results were shared with physicians and their patients, though Northern Health notes in a media release from this week that "while any differences in the results had the potential to alter follow-up and/or treatment, it does not necessarily mean there are clinical concerns or adverse health impacts to the individuals affected"
Northern Health officials also advise that Dr. Claude Vezina, the radiologist at Mills Memorial whose work was the subject of the review, remains on voluntary leave at this time.
The results of the review and the next steps in the process will be considered by the Northern Health Medical Advisory committee.
The full information release from Northern Health can be reviewed here.
If patients have any further questions about the review or about the level of care they have received they are encouraged to first contact their personal physician, while general questions related to the situation can be directed to Northern Health at NWradiology@northernhealth.ca
You can review the first indication of the problem and the process that led to the review from our item from February.
On Wednesday, the Vancouver Sun explored the scope of the work that was required in order to review that amount of volume of radiology results and how the Vancouver doctors prioritized their work.
For more items related to Northern Health issues see our archive page here.
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