This radiologist wants more stringent controls on ordering radiology tests. “Unfortunately, well over 10 years of a ‘just say yes’ philosophy applied, not just in a clinical realm, but in academic realms, is now paying off with grave and dire consequences. While ‘just say yes’ is an effective means of expediting and efficiently obtaining imaging studies for patients, this works when the referring physician is an adequately and competently trained clinician, referring cases for which they have already performed some pre-screening evaluation.”

This probably won’t change for two reasons: 1) more studies equates to greater compensation for radiologists; 2) are radiologists willing to shoulder the liability if they deny a diagnostic study? (via Sumer’s Radiology Site)

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