Radiology tech spreads Hepatitis C, faces life in prison for patient death; Mass General study to compare proton-beam therapy, radiology;

> A radiology technician who worked at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., from October 2004 through August 2010 pleaded guilty to replacing syringes of Fentanyl meant for patients in the hospital’s interventional radiology unit with syringes of saline contaminated with Hepatitis C on at least four occasions, one of which resulted in a patient’s death, according to an announcement by the U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill for the Middle District of Florida. The tampering took place between 2006 and 2008, and the tech--Steven Beumel--faces life in prison. Announcement

> Massachusetts General Hospital is getting ready to launch a five-year, 12-facility study to determine if proton-beam therapy is better at treating prostate cancer than traditional radiology, the Boston Globe reports. The former procedure has come under fire for its exorbitant cost. Article

> The Utah Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing recently updated its online database to include information on disciplinary actions taken against doctors, according to an iHealthBeat post. The department currently licenses and regulates roughly 9,000 doctors. Post

And Finally… I know I wouldn’t want to eat that fish after that. Article

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