5th woman sues Henrico radiologist for misreading mammograms

Posted at 5:45 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 17:45:24-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A fifth woman has filed a lawsuit against Doctor Michael Bigg and the Allison Breast Center for allegedly misreading her mammograms, which delayed her diagnosis and treatment for over 16 months.

According to the court filing in Henrico Circuit Court, 43-year-old Catherine Akers from Glen Allen had mammograms done at the Allison Breast Center in May of 2018 and 2019, and both times, Dr. Bigg told her "no findings suspicious for malignancy are identified."

But, according to the lawsuit, Akers had a mass in her right breast during both mammograms that required further workup.

By August of 2019, Akers went to her doctor because she noticed a tender lump in her right breast.

That visit led to a new mammogram at Henrico Doctor's Hospital that revealed three masses in her right breast, and stage two breast cancer, according to the court filing.

CBS 6 interviewed Akers, a mother of three young girls, back in July about her ordeal.

"I just couldn't believe I had put my trust in Doctor Bigg and he failed me in a major way, and it could have ended my life because of it," she said back in July.

The Board of Medicine suspended Bigg's license in May after finding 18 patients had their mammograms misread by Bigg.

Akers was one of those patients.


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