There is growing concern over the misuse of medical imaging tests and radiology exams. The proliferation of advanced medical imaging equipment in doctors’ offices is one of the biggest causes – as non-radiologist physicians attempt to increase revenue by scanning their own patients. Many of these non-radiologist offices are over-scanning for obvious reasons, and this is very dangerous – not only as a public health issue, but also for the patients. Additionally, the radiologist’s recommendation of additional imaging tests can sometimes be too aggressive – and this puts the referring physician in a defensive position where they feel the need to order to unnecessary tests.
Imaging definitely needs to be better controlled – and the radiologist needs to play a larger role in educating the ordering physicians, and also changing their own habits.
As an informed and empowered patient, you should be aware of this. If additional tests were recommended, it can’t hurt to double check with your physician about their necessity – or to get a second opinion.
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