Clinical practice: it’s true that many scans aren’t needed

Research has confirmed what most radiologists already know from intuition: many scans that are ordered simply aren’t needed. That is the finding from research shown at the European Congress of Radiology this year.

The study, by a team led by Dr Rusha Sarhan of the Department of Radiology & Medical Imaging at King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital in Saudi Arabia, found that “no valid clinical indication for the study” was the biggest cause of inappropriate CT and MRI requests.

“Poor awareness of the appropriateness criteria for radiological exams must be tackled and more efforts should be dedicated to encourage the healthcare community to develop and adopt criteria for appropriate use of CT, MRI and other radiological procedures,” the authors said.

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  1. Daniela says:

    Appropriateness is always required before the proper execution of diagnostic examinations , especially when you have to use ionizing rays, but always for the justification of any medical check up

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