Researchers who reviewed Medicare Part B databases for 2000 to 2010 found that use of inpatient noninvasive diagnostic imaging declined from 32% to 25% for that time period. Use of nuclear medicine in the inpatient setting also decreased by 43%, according to the study, which was presented at a radiology meeting. The study did not include inpatient PET or bone densitometry because of the low utilization of the tests, a researcher said.
Study finds imaging use decline in inpatient setting
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