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Lumbar Spine MRIs 'Frequently Inappropriate'



A study of requests for MRI scans of patients' lumbar spines finds that more than half of the medical imaging tests were "substantially" inappropriate or of uncertain value.



2 comments on "Lumbar Spine MRIs 'Frequently Inappropriate'"
John Smith (3/30/2013 at 9:06 PM)

This article is highly SUSPECT! There is no way to view inside the body unless we look! This is ridiculous! The author is probably paid by an insurance company! How is the DR. supposed to know what is going on without an MRI? Perhaps Spock of Star Trek Mind Mold
M McGarvey (3/27/2013 at 10:44 AM)

Obviously, the doctors and the specialists ordering these images feel they need them to appropriately diagnose a patients condition. If it were not for the MRI my doctor ordered, he wouldn't have been able to see the degenerative disc disease, scoliosis and Kyphosis throughout my spine. He skillfully performed a posterior/anterior spinal fusion with placement of Harrington Rods in 1992, which gave me back my comfort and posture as well as my life. So thank you doctors for being thorough and ordering these much nees tests!!