GE Healthcare recalls Nuclear Medicine Imaging Systems following patient’s death

by Jim Orr

GE Healthcare has issued a recall of several Nuclear Medicine Imaging Systems sold by the company after they were linked to an increased risk of serious injuries or deaths. GE issued the recall after a patient died as a result of injuries that occurred while they were being scanned with an Infinia Hawkeye 4 Nuclear Medicine System.

The patient in question died at a VA Medical Center facility in New York after a portion of the Hawkeye 4 collapsed and fell on them. The nuclear imaging cameras on the system weigh more than 1,300 pounds because they are lined with lead and contain additional lead inside the device’s internal collimation system.

According to a warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration, the Nuclear Medicine systems that were recalled by GE are used to perform imaging scans related to certain oncology, cardiology, and neurology procedures. These systems use several scanning modes in order to detect the uptake of radioisotope tracers into the patient’s body.

GE issued a recall notice for several additional nuclear medicine systems sold by the company because they are substantially similar in design to the Infinia Hawkeye 4. The FDA has instructed health care providers to stop using the recalled Nuclear Medicine Imaging Systems until they can be inspected and repaired by a GE technician.

The list of Nuclear Medicine Imaging Systems being recalled by GE includes the following models:

  • Infinia Nuclear Medicine Systems
  • VG Nuclear Medicine Systems
  • VG Hawkeye Nuclear Medicine Systems
  • Helix Nuclear Medicine Systems
  • Brivo NM615
  • Discovery NM630
  • Optima NM/CT640
  • Discovery NM/CT670

Heygood, Orr & Pearson and Medical Device Litigation

Medical devices such as the recalled GE Nuclear Medicine Systems were manufactured with the intent of improving the quality of life for patients who are treated with them. However, when these devices are not manufactured with the highest quality, serious and potentially fatal injuries can result.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson believe that when medical device makers fail to properly ensure that their products are designed and manufactured in a way that meets basic safety requirements, they should be held accountable in a court of law for the injuries caused by their products.

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