The technician had been attempting to maneuver the "flat panel detector sensor" on the system, according to a report filed with Australia’s Therapeutic Good Administration. The panel had been unlatched at setup, and the technician was trying to re-latch it manually while it was in position.
"In trying to re-stow the FPD, it fell from its stowed position and contacted the patient’s leg and the technologist’s arm," according to the report.
Philips asked customers to "keep the FPD in the deployed position" until the company can issued the "appropriate field safety correction," according to a correction also reported by the Hong Kong Dept of health.
The Philips warning comes in the wake of another large imaging system accident that led to the death of a patient. In July GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE) took its nuclear medicine systems off-line after after part of an Infinia Hawkeye 4 system collapsed and killed a patient in a New York Veterans Administration hospital. The recall got the FDA’s highest risk label.