Database of radiological incidents and related events--Johnston's Archive

Washington radiography accident, 1905

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 19 June 2004

Date: 1905?

Location: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Type of event: medical radiography overexposure


A woman with broken ribs received seven x-rays under a doctor's care, after which she developed skin burns later identified as radiation burns by another doctor. The x-rays were administered over several visits, with skin burns developing on her back five hours after the last x-rays. The woman sued the administering doctor, with the case eventually appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and decided 7 April 1913 in the doctor's favor in Sweeney v. Erving.

Consequences: 1 injury.


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