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November 7, 2014

Fukushima sends out wrong thyroid test results


Nov. 7, 2014 - Updated 13:51 UTC+1

A hospital in Fukushima Prefecture mailed the results of thyroid examinations to incorrect addresses. Nearly 200 people received somebody else's test results.

The prefecture is checking the thyroid glands of all people who were aged 18 or younger at the time of the March 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Officials at Fukushima Medical University say 186 people underwent preliminary ultrasound examinations at 7 medical institutions in the prefecture in September.

The officials say someone else's examination results were sent to 173 of them.

Two of them were found to have lumps in their thyroid glands large enough to require a second, more detailed examination. They were incorrectly informed that they do not need to undergo re-examination.

The officials say staff at the university made mistakes in creating a list of addresses of the examinees.

A senior official at the medical university apologized for the mistakes, saying that the incident should never have happened.

The official said he wants to apologize to the people involved in person and work with all his colleagues to prevent a recurrence.

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