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MedPAC urges closer look at costs for MRIs, CT scans
A 17-member independent advisory group has urged Congress to get tough on doctors who order too many diagnostic...
Medical Image Testing Rate Declines
The volume of advanced imaging tests has started to drop after years of increased usage. The reasons for the decline...
CT Scans for Abdominal Pain May Reduce Hospitalizations
Abdominal complaints are a primary reason for emergency department visits, but the use of CT scans to facilitate...
Medical Imaging Study Flags Portable Media Problems
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have uncovered noncompliance with the Digital Imaging and Communications in...
Patient Education on CT Scan Risks Lacking
Three out of four surveyed patients underestimate the amount of radiation delivered by a CT scan, and only 3 percent...
Imaging Self-Referrals Don't Reduce Sick Days, Costs
When a physician self-refers a patient for imaging tests, the cost per episode of care generally averages 4% to 10...
High-Dose Radiation Imaging Guidelines Inadequate, Researchers Say
Myocardial perfusion imaging, a common test for heart disease, is often done multiple times, exposing patients to...
CT Radiation Overdoses Caused by User Error, FDA Says
Improper use of imaging equipment, not technological problems, is to blame for cases of excess radiation in computed...
Long Days Make Radiologists Less Accurate
The ability of radiologists to detect fractures after a day of viewing images declines significantly compared to...
OIG Warns of Pre-Authorization Violations
A hospital that offers free insurance pre-authorization services to doctors and patients who need imaging tests...
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