WARNER ROBINS — Perry Hospital is offering to repeat about 900 mammograms after a quality check found some mammography tests done in 2009 and early 2010 were erroneously deemed complete without a doctor signing off on the findings.
The issue became known April 2, prompting a broader review of the hospital’s mammography program, Houston Healthcare officials said Monday.
Repeat screens have been taking place since last month and are expected to continue through June. The patients involved have been contacted either by phone or through the mail. A news release states they will receive another mammography, if they choose, free of charge.
“We at Perry Hospital and Houston Healthcare sincerely apologize for and regret that the actions of one of our employees caused our patients inconvenience and concern,” the release stated.
Houston Healthcare spokeswoman Priscilla Kennedy said the 900 mammograms are being redone as a precautionary measure to ensure nothing was overlooked the first time around. She referred other questions to Houston Healthcare attorney Victor Moldovan.
Moldovan said the employee responsible was terminated within days of the hospital’s discovery of the error. The employee was certified with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and the group was notified of the error, Moldovan said.
Some tests were concluded with no actual findings and had not been read by a radiologist, which is necessary for the results to be validated.
“There were 900 scanned (to be redone),” Moldovan said. “The actual number (of affected tests), we believe, is much smaller than that.”
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