The re-interpretation of radiology tests originally analyzed by a Saskatchewan physician whose work is under review may have implications for patient care in at least 124 cases in two provincial health regions, officials reported Monday.
Dr. Darius Tsatsi is the Saskatchewan-licensed radiologist who voluntarily stopped practising in May when the provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons raised concerns about the quality of his work interpreting medical tests such as X-rays, mammograms, ultrasounds and CT scans.
Officials ordered about 70,000 tests dating to 2004 to be re-read. The majority of those tests were done in the Sunrise Health Region.
So far, only 17 per cent, or 12,000, of those have been sent out for analysis, according to officials from that region.
Of those, 2,550 have had new reports prepared by radiologists in Edmonton and Regina.
'I fully understand the concern of individuals and family members and am very sorry for the anxiety caused by this review.'—Joe Kirwan, CEO Sunrise Health Region
In 312 cases, the radiologists who issued the new reports had a different interpretation of the results than Tsatsi, the health region said Monday, and in 116 cases, that difference "had the potential to affect patient care."
Patients and their family physicians would be informed about the review and the outcome regardless whether the review showed a different result or not, regional officials said.
"I fully understand the concern of individuals and family members and am very sorry for the anxiety caused by this review," Sunrise CEO Joe Kirwan said in the news release.
Radiology is the branch of medicine dealing with diagnostic imaging and is often used in the detection and treatment of cancer and other illnesses.
Patients who had tests done in Yorkton in the past five years can call a toll-free number (1-877-854-4424) to find out whether their exams were interpreted by Tsatsi.
Another batch in Prince Albert
Also on Monday, officials from the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region reported that a batch of work done by Dr. Tsatsi in that region was being reviewed and had produced eight results that could have impacted patient care.
Tsatsi, the region said, had covered off for another physician in Prince Albert from June to August of 2004.
According to the region, 384 tests — all of them X-rays — had been re-read. There were 56 tests where the new interpretation differed from Tsatsi's original report. Of those, eight had the potential to impact patient care.
Another 2,000 Prince Albert tests were still waiting to be re-read.