Database of radiological incidents and related events--Johnston's Archive

Epinal radiotherapy accident, 2004-2005

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 19 October 2006

Date: May 2004-May 2005

Location: Epinal, France

Type of event: radiotherapy overexposures


During the period May 2004 to May 2005, 23 patients at the Jean Monnet d'Epinal hospital in Epinal, France, received radiation overdoses during radiotherapy. The treatments were for prostate cancer and were reportedly about 20% too high. The first symptoms related to radiation overexposure emerged in the summer of 2005. One patient died 25 June 2006 as a result of his radiation exposure, and 13 others have shown localized radiation injury. Of the remaining patients, 6 show no radiation-related symptoms and 3 died of causes unrelated to the radiation exposures. In July 2006 an investigation was initiated which concluded in September that a software problem was at fault, combined with inadequate staff training with the software.

Consequences: 1 fatality, 13 injuries.


© 2006 by Wm. Robert Johnston.
Last modified 19 October 2006.
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