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Study: 26% of referrals for imaging scans were inappropriate

A study of the medical records of 459 patients referred by their primary care physicians for diagnostic CT, MRI or PET scans found that 26% of the referrals weren’t appropriate because they didn’t follow guidelines that closely resemble those created by the American College of Radiology. The study results “suggest a need for tools to help primary-care physicians improve the quality of their imaging decision requests,” the lead author of the study said. Modern Healthcare (free registration) (3/2)


March 3, 2010 - Posted by | Cost, healthcare, Overuse, physicians, quality | , , , , , ,

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