FDA eyes Glendale, Burbank hospitals' radiation levels

WASHINGTON — Federal health regulators are looking into reports of dangerous radiation levels at two more California hospitals.

They say they're looking into at least 10 reports of excessive radiation from CT scans at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, and other cases at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. The brain scans are used to diagnose strokes.

The investigation follows earlier unsafe medical scans at a Los Angeles facility.

The Food and Drug Administration began looking into problems with CT scanning in October, after patients at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles reported skin redness or a loss of hair. The hospital said last month that 260 patients were exposed to excess radiation.

FDA officials say it's unclear whether the dangerous exposures are being caused by human error or a problem with CT equipment.

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