walt bogdanich

New York Times investigative reporter Walt Bogdanich, on radiation errors:

One breast cancer patient, who was receiving precise machine-generated radiation, was over-radiated for 27 days in a row and eventually died, after developing a radiation burn which extended down to her ribcage.

“The mistake should have been obvious to the operators that the proper radiation was not being delivered and yet that was ignored 27 days in a row,” he says. “This was one of the devices that has saved many people but when it’s used improperly and in a hurry without proper training, bad things happen.”