Black lung review expert backs under-fire radiologists

THE expert tasked with running the review of Queensland's coal miners' health scheme has backed under-fire radiologists accused of missing signs of black lung in x-rays.

Malcolm Sim, an occupational physician and epidemiologist, said it was the entire health check-up process that had to be investigated, including lung function testing.

"X-rays aren't the only thing," the Monash University professor said.

"I think there's been a little bit of misunderstanding.

"We are one of the top countries in the world when it comes to radiology training."

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Prof Sim said they would be investigating whether radiologists were being told the x-rays they were reading were from coal miners.

"It's important to know if someone has been exposed to coal dust," he said.

The review's reference group, which includes Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young, will meet at the end of February before delivering its interim report to the State Government at the end of March.

- APN NEWSDESK


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