Pittsburgh patients should be made aware that radiation used for medical purposes may simply be overused. Though use of radiation can often reveal a number of medical problems, it can damage DNA and create risks of cancer sometimes in the future.
In 2011, a Pennsylvania radiologist while examining an X-ray noted a small area of increased density in a patient's chest. Though a follow-up X-ray was recommended, the results of the follow-up were never communicated to the patient until it was too late. By the next year, this patient was suffering from irreversible lung cancer.