ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s four health authorities have identified 15 patients this week requiring further followup as a review continues of thousands of mammograms that were viewed on out-of-date screens.
A news release from the province’s Eastern, Western and Labrador-Grenfell Health authorities says their officials have so far reviewed mammograms from 2,368 patients, out of a total of 10,883.
The release says discrepancies or different interpretations of mammograms have been identified for six of those patients, who will require followup care.
The province’s Central Health authority said Monday it had identified nine patients needing further consultation after completing a review of mammograms from 3,087 people.
The health authorities say the mammograms in question had been viewed on screens with three-megapixel resolution, rather than the standard resolution of five megapixels.
Officials have said the mistake poses a low risk to patients, and that the difference in resolution is impossible to detect with the naked eye.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 15, 2022.