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      Agreed, there is alot that goes on in the medical world. However, people are only human and ANYONE can make mistakes. This is one incident and don’t feel alarmed by one incident(I have seen, heard and experienced worse!). If we knew of all the “mistakes” that are made out there, we’d live in our little glass houses and never leave them. Just another school of thought.


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        I found this on a NRC public data base. he web addy is

        PN29761 Virginia Beach General Hospital

        -1- November 25, 1997


        This preliminary notification constitutes EARLY notice of events of POSSIBLE
        safety or public interest significance. The information is as initially
        received without verification or evaluation, and is basically all that is
        known by Region II staff in Atlanta, Georgia on this date.

        Facility Licensee Emergency Classification
        Virginia Beach General Hospital Notification of Unusual Event
        Virginia Beach,Virginia Alert
        Dockets: 03003348 License No: 45-11035-01 Site Area Emergency
        General Emergency
        X Not Applicable


        On November 21, 1997, an authorized user (an oncologist), prescribed a
        thyroid function test to a 75-year-old female patient to evaluate
        possible thyroid nodules. The thyroid function test required the
        administration of 100 microcuries of iodine-131 (I-131). Due to an
        apparent scheduling error, the patient was scheduled for a whole body
        scan, which requires an administration of 5 millicuries
        (5,000 microcuries) of I-131. On November 21, 1997, the technologist
        administered the 5 millicurie dose. The patient was asked to return on
        November 24, 1997, for a 72-hour whole body scan. On November 24, the
        misadministration was identified when the scan revealed that the patient
        did, in fact, have an intact thyroid. The licensee reported the
        misadministration to the NRC Operations Center on November 25, 1997, and
        was in the process of contacting the referring physician. The licensee
        was also evaluating the effect on the patient, including a dose

        The Commonwealth of Virginia will be notified by NRC Region II.

        This information is current as of 11:00 a.m. on November 25, 1997.

        Contact: T. Decker

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