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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...
Web Exclusive: 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...
Web Exclusive: OIG Warns of Pre-Authorization Violations
A hospital that offers free insurance pre-authorization services to doctors and patients who need imaging tests...
Doctors concerned about supply of nuclear material used in diagnostic tests
A shortage of imported radioactive material widely used to diagnose heart problems and other maladies has had doctors...