Vendor Impersonator Steals 1,000 Patient X-rays from Huntsville Hospital

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Someone entered Huntsville Hospital last week, acting as a vendor, and stole two barrels of old X-rays.

According to our news partner, The Huntsville Times, hospital officials believe the thief plans to melt the X-rays to extract the silver in them.  The films did not contain sensitive medical records, hospital spokeswoman Cheryl Davis told the Times Wednesday afternoon.  However, the X-rays did contain the patient’s name, date of birth, and medical record number.

The barrels were supposed to be collected by a vendor that the hospital pays to dispose of them.  Hospital security workers and Huntsville police are investigating.  The thief has not been caught.

Andrew Thornton, who is director sales for a New Hampshire medical recycling firm, told the Times that the stolen X-rays could be worth up to $1,200 in extracted silver.