Studies show rise in additional imaging tests, nuclear med procedures

10/29/2009 | Modern Medicine

A study evaluating nearly 6 million diagnostic imaging tests at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston from 1995 to 2008 showed that the chances of a test resulting in a recommendation for more imaging tests increased by 2.16 times. One explanation could be that "images obtained with improving equipment and viewed on more sophisticated soft-copy workstations results in more observations that would prompt a recommendation for additional imaging," the researchers said. A separate study showed that radiologic and nuclear medicine exams in the U.S. increased by about 10-fold and by more than two-fold, respectively, from 1980 to 2006.

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