BBC: “About 83% of the MRI scans which appeared to detect a tumour were later found to be so-called ‘false positives’.”
Dr. Crippen calls the report scare-mongering.
Roy Poses: “Flawed research that supports an expensive, high-technology intervention for which millions of people would be eligible appears in a major journal. The intervention is hyped in news articles, and by a grass roots patient advocacy group. Politicians soon jump on the bandwagon. Citing the potential for saving lives, enthusiasts ignore the flaws in the data that started it all. Only much later do we find out that …
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1) There is evidence that the radiology gravy-train at General Electric may be coming to an end.
My take: The explosion of imaging tests is a major reason for skyrocketing health care costs. Companies like GE and physicians enamored with the latest and greatest studies all exacerbate the myth that “more medicine has to be better”. This has to stop. More needs to be done to …
Nice op-ed from Jerome Kassirer on those who push lung cancer screening with CT scans:
Bob Wachter: “The growing teleradiology trend, driven by the fact that the same technology that allows me to read my films without going to the radiology department also allows a radiologist in Banglaore to read a film as easily as a radiologist in Bangor. The Indian radiologist earns one-tenth of what the U.S. radiologist earns. If my experience in visiting Radiology World tends to be of the positive, collegial sort, …
Something to think about before wanting that CT scan. Nice to see mainstream media tout some of the risks of overtesting.
For starters, not ordering a CT scan is more likely to have negative repercussions for the physician:
A look at the literature (with x-ray goodness).
Many don’t after a missed reading, as they don’t have a relationship with the patient:
Fascinating exhibit. From the press release:
“Enlargement of Watch in Neck”
Dr. Rob gives us an MRI interpretation that is long, but not really helpful. Is the radiologist trying to protect himself from liability?
Follow the saga step-by-step.
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