Letting only physicians order scans reduces unnecessary imaging

05/25/2010 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Allowing physicians to personally place orders in a computerized system for diagnostic imaging tests, including CT, MRI and nuclear medicine, led to a reduction in the tests with low appropriateness scores, according to a study of the tests at one Boston hospital. Letting physicians enter the orders rather than other medical staff could reduce the number of inappropriate scans administered and enhance patient care, the researchers said.

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