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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...
Web Exclusive: 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...
Web Exclusive: 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...
Web Exclusive: Medical Imaging Study Flags Portable Media Problems
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have uncovered noncompliance with the Digital Imaging and Communications in...
Web Exclusive: 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...
Web Exclusive: 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...
Web Exclusive: 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...
Milwaukee hospitals above average in CT scans
Two Milwaukee County hospitals performed many more abdominal imaging tests than other hospitals around the country...
New government report raises questions about CT scans at Illinois hospitals
The information from the government shocked administrators at Edward Hospital. Their doctors were ordering so-called...
Concern about cumulative radiation has some doctors urging alternatives
When doctors counted the number of medical scans patients underwent in the emergency room at Brigham and Women's...