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Milwaukee hospitals above average in CT scans

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 17, 2010

Two Milwaukee County hospitals performed many more abdominal imaging tests than other hospitals around the country, potentially exposing patients to unnecessary radiation, according to new federal data. Nearly 58% of the outpatient CT scans of the abdomen performed at Wheaton Franciscan-St. Francis in Milwaukee were double scans - meaning that technicians performed one CT scan with a contrast dye followed by a second without dye, according to the federal government's Hospital Compare website. More than 64% of scans at Wheaton Franciscan-Franklin in Franklin were double scans. By contrast, hospitals around the state performed double scans on only 11% of the outpatients who received the scans, according to the data from 2008.