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The Pennsylvania personal injury firm of Anapol Weiss is proud to announce its new website,

The new website is designed to help those who have suffered radiation overdose and other serious side effects after undergoing brain perfusion CT scans, which help physicians determine whether or not a patient has had a stroke or heart attack based on the amount of blood flowing to the brain. Reports of hair loss in the shape of a ring around the head are cause for concern as this is a sign of a CT scan radiation overdose. High amounts of radiation can lead to brain damage and an increased risk of cancer, among other serious health conditions. So far, over 400 cases of radiation overdoses have been reported in six hospitals in California, one in Alabama and one in Florida, with the potential for more cases nationwide.

Patients who have had this type of CT scan will find valuable information on the new website including CT scan radiation side effects, possible design defects of the GE Healthcare scanners that were used, improper training of hospital technicians who performed the scans, health problems associated with radiation overdose, pertinent news developments and CT scan radiation overdose litigation.

The CT scan has been used as a method of detecting strokes in patients for many years. However, according to a recent New York Times article, the level of radiation used in some of the CT scan machines may be too high, causing potentially serious side effects in patients.

So far, eight hospitals have found that the amount of radiation that some patients received was far too high, causing these patients to lose their hair in a distinctive ring pattern around the diameter of the head. In addition to hair loss, patients may potentially face confusion, loss of memory, brain damage and an increased risk of cancer. Of the eight hospitals, six were in California with the other two located in Huntsville, AL and Florida. At the time this article was written, the number of patients affected by the dangerous CT scan radiation levels was exceeding 400.

Officials from the hospitals say that the majority of machines used were manufactured by GE Healthcare with a couple of machines coming from Toshiba. Many technicians who administered the tests say that they were not properly trained on all of the functions of the machines, as the GE Healthcare machines are manufactured with an automatic setting that lowers or heightens the radiation levels according to the patient’s size and body part. On top of that, officials from the Hunstville, AL hospital say that they used higher levels of radiation in order to produce higher quality scans. The medical community is embracing the use of only enough radiation to properly diagnose a condition.
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