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Tech who falsified mammogram results found guilty

Tech Who Falsified Mammogram Results Found Guilty

A former radiology technician from Georgia has been sentenced to jail for faking the mammogram results of more than 1,200 women. Fox News says:

"Rachael Rapraeger will spend six months in prison. She pleaded guilty to entering more than 1,200 mammograms as negative."

But The Telegraph reports 10 of those women actually had cancer, two of whom have since died. And doctors at Perry Hospital, where Rapraeger used to work, never even reviewed the mammograms. It's unclear why they wouldn't have looked at those mammograms.

One of those 10 women who actually did have cancer is Sharon Holmes. CNN says Holmes discovered she had breast cancer two months after Rapraeger falsified Holmes' mammogram results in 2009.

Holmes has now been in remission for three years and spoke directly to Rapraeger while on the stand, saying, "You could have made a different decision, and my family and I would not be living this nightmare."

WMAZ quotes Holmes, who says: "I'm not a name on a piece of paper; I'm a person. And I think she will remember me."

According to KAEF Rapraeger's attorney told the judge his client was overwhelmed at work and that she falsified the results to get caught up. He added that she wasn't supervised properly.

Although she initially pleaded not guilty, Rapraeger ended up taking a plea deal and pleaded guilty to 10 counts of reckless conduct and one count of computer forgery.

WMAZ says Judge Katherine Lumsden reprimanded Rapraeger when handing down the sentence.

"You played Russian roulette with the lives of essentially a thousand women in this community."
Rapraeger has been sentenced to 12 months probation for each one of the 10 sentences and up to six months in a state detention center when space is made available. She is also not allowed to work in the health care industry for the next 10 years.

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Trish April 18 2014 at 12:07 PM

What a horrid thing for her to do. If she had too much work she shouuld have gone at her normal speed and let her boss see the back log, then they would have realized there was too much work for her and she needed help, but to take these women lives in her hands was just un speakable.

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Cheryl April 18 2014 at 12:21 PM

This sentence is criminal. If a drunk driver kills someone, they pay the price. This woman falsified medical tests that could mean life or death for a woman and one did die and she gets probation and 6 months in a correctional facility and can work in the heath care industry AGAIN after 10 years. Is this judge on crack?

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Karine April 18 2014 at 12:23 PM

Only 6 months? This is a sick joke !

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phpoling April 18 2014 at 12:24 PM

6 months? Not good enough

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97201 April 18 2014 at 12:24 PM

Unless this tech was ordered to falsify the records, I don't see how you can imply that she was one of those "thrown under the bus". She made that decision on her own, not once, not even a few different times, but over a thousand! She must know something about odds and that at least a certain percentage of those mammogram's would have had positive results. Because of the women who did have cancer, and the deaths of two of them, Rapraeger's sentence deserves more than just several months. Another thing to consider is if Rapraeger wrote reports on anything other than mammogram's, there's the possibility that they could have been falsified also. But the bus shouldn't just head for Rapraeger. I believe that the imaging center it's self, and the doctors whose job it was to evaluate the mammogram's, also need to be held accountable. If they were lax in their mammo duties, chances are they were lax in others as well.

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Sahib Wieben April 18 2014 at 12:26 PM

NO DOUBT this Tech should be punished and never allowed to "register" as a Technologist again!

I am an RT (Registered Technologist with the ARRT) and former instructor. This sort of story is personally offensive and disgusting. That said, ... as Henry asked:

Where were the Radiologists?

Where was the imaging supervisor?

HOW CAN an RT "declare" an image "negative"!?

Was once asked, by a young Radiologist, in CT why we send so many images? Why not just send the ones with pathology? I smiled and said, when you add "MD" behind my name, and start paying me as a Radiologist, then and only then, will I "screen" images for you Doctor!!!!!

There is MUCH more to this story than a lame, unqualified, unethical, reprehensible RT!!!

Was there ANY follow through with the Radiology management or the Radiologists!?

Maybe a visit by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals in OVER due???

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sffmd April 18 2014 at 12:26 PM

It is the responsibility of the doctors, the radiologists, to read the mammograms. A technician takes the films, the radiologist reads them. It does not make sense that the technician goes to jail.

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Watkins April 18 2014 at 12:26 PM

This kinda hits hard for me,my wife found a smll lump in her left breast in Feb of 08,she had a mammogram done and was told it was nothing to worry about,6 months later she got sick with what was thought to be the flu,after several dr visits she was admitted to the hospital and after lots of test she was told there was a tumor on the left side that was cancer and that it had taken her left lung and was spreading so rapid there was nothing to be done,she was given 3 to 6 weeks to live,she lived 8 weeks and a day,the cancer doctor said if the mammogram had been read proper he could have saved her,we will never know but any women that has a mammogrom should get a second opinion on reading the results.

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shvn77 Watkins April 18 2014 at 8:36 PM

So sorry for your loss.

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debby_simon April 18 2014 at 12:28 PM

Six months?? This is outrageous. Additionally, what charges are being filed against the radiologist and her supervisor?
Wait, 2 women are now dead because she 'falsified' their mammograms, others have breast cancer that could have been detected earlier, and she gets a slap on the wrist? AND EVENTUALLY SHE GETS TO WORK IN HEALTHCARE AGAIN???

There are people who are in jail for longer periods of time for puffing a joint.

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AOL9.7 April 18 2014 at 12:29 PM

Her sentence is a joke!

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