Alex (yakshaver) wrote,

Theriac revisited

So Cedars-Sinai altered one of the programs on their CT scanner and introduced a bug resulting in over 200 patients receiving radiation overdoses, reminding many of us (geeks with a healthy interest in how technology fails, that is), at least superficially, of Theriac-25.

Now, I only know about CT scanners from the laying-there-with-the-godawful-taste-of-barium-solution-in-my-mouth perspective, but how fucking hard can it be, say once a year (and immediately after reprograming or installing patches), to run a CT scanner through each of its programs with a dosimeter inside it instead of a patient? Why isn't that standard procedure?
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