"Problem at Ghent isolated incident"

4th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

4 July 2007, GHENT – The problems with the radiation equipment at the University Hospital Ghent could be an isolated incident, says the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) based on the information it now has, says spokesperson Françoise De Geest.

4 July 2007

GHENT – The problems with the radiation equipment at the University Hospital Ghent could be an isolated incident, says the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) based on the information it now has, says spokesperson Françoise De Geest.

The equipment used to treat cancer patients was combined in a very particular manner. "To our knowledge only one other BrainLAB device is in use in Belgium, in a hospital in the Brussels region. But that is a different model and is no longer in use." The FANC is normally aware of what equipment is being used in which hospital because permits must be obtained for these kinds of devices.

FANC was alerted to the problem in Ghent when Elekta, the firm that sold the radiation equipment to the university hospital in Ghent, sounded the alarm. In March 2007 Elekta received a letter mentioning a problem with a patient, De Geest says. Radiation was not directed properly and the tumour was not reduced.

BrainLAB – the manufacturer of one of the devices incorporated in the radiation installation at the Ghent hospital – stressed in a reaction that it had only supplied hardware to the hospital, not software as was previously reported. BrainLAB also insists that there is no indication that the parts it supplied were faulty but that it seems that the problems were due to human error in implementing the system.

At the beginning of April FANC started an investigation and experts will visit the UZ Ghent on Wednesday to examine the equipment and patient lists and speak with doctors and other staff. FANC must determine whether the equipment was defective or whether the combination of the various pieces of equipment caused the error. The court will use the FANC report to determine liability.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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