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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: 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...
Hospital monopolies ruin MRI bill as Sutter gets price it wants
After Mark Logsdon tore a ligament in his knee skiing at Lake Tahoe in March, he returned home to suburban Sacramento...
After stroke scans, patients face serious health risks
An examination by The New York Times has found that radiation overdoses were larger and more widespread than previously...