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Misread CT Scans Leads to Woman’s Death

In 2012, Maureen Rogers, 71, arrived by ambulance to a local hospital where she complained of stomach pain. She was initially diagnosed with gastritis, but the attending emergency room doctor also took the extra precaution of ordering a CT scan to check for heart abnormalities. The scan results allegedly showed no abnormality.

Rogers was discharged several hours later and was found dead in her home the next day. As a result of her sudden death, an inquest was held and it was discovered that the radiologist failed to diagnose an ultimately fatal heart condition, a dissected aorta. The inquest found there was no reason why the doctor made an incorrect diagnosis and stated in his report that there was no acute abnormality seen in the abdomen or chest. A dissected aorta is clearly seen on a CT scan.

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