Nuclear medicine scanner blamed for injuries

Ann Knef Oct. 2, 2006, 2:03am

A man whose arm and shoulder were pinched by a nuclear medicine scanner while undergoing a medical procedure at Memorial Hospital is suing the manufacturer.

Jospeh Jouglard claims he suffered a torn rotator cuff and ligament damage when the incident occurred July 8, 2005.

Represented by Paul M. Storment, Jr. of Belleville, Jouglard is seeking in excess of $75,000 from the maker of a Skylight Nuclear Medicine Scanner, Phillips Medical Systems North America.

According to the complaint, cardiologist Amanullah Pathan, M.D. ordered a scan of Jouglard's chest for treatment of artherosclerotic coronary artery disease.

"...the scanner malfunctioned and pinned the plaintiff's arm and shoulder causing injuries," the complaint filed Sept. 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court states.

The scanner's model number is 2161-300A, the complaint states.

The hospital reported the incident to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services MedWatch.

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