One of the most significant trends in imaging over the past several years has been the decline in imaging growth rates. But it appears that emergency departments are still behind the times.
A new study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology by David Levin, M.D., and colleagues found that while overall imaging growth rates have declined since 2002, emergency department utilization rates--at least those involving Medicare patients--continued to increase.
Between 2002 and 2012, the radiography utilization rate per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries in emergency departments increased from 248.7 to 320, and increased from 57.2 to 147.9 for CT, according to the study. Read more...
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A survey of referring physicians has found that many believe that up to 20 percent of F-18 FDG PET/CT scans are being misread.
A group of radiologists led by Ramin Khorasani of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have published a list of 10 best practices--or "commandments" as they call them--for effective imaging clinical decision support.
The diagnostic imaging system market will experience only modest growth over the next decade, mainly due to healthcare reform in the U.S., according to a new report from Decision Resources Group.
The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) is suffering from a shortage of radiologists that is so severe that some departments such as orthopedics, podiatry and rehabilitation have been asked not to order imaging studies unless the situation is dire.
The American College of Emergency Physicians has issued a new list of tests and procedures--including efforts to eliminate unnecessary CT scans--as part of the Choosing Wisely initiative.
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