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August 22/29, 2001

Effective Screening for Inmate TB

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JAMA. 2001;286(8):909. doi:10.1001/jama.286.8.909-JQU10007-4-1

The most cost-effective, efficient, and successful method of identifying active tuberculosis (TB) cases in jails is using miniature chest radiography, report researchers at the Tennessee Department of Health. The findings appear in the first of two July issues of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

The researchers estimated the cost of screening to detect an active TB case by miniature chest radiography at $9600. This compares with $32 100 per case identified by tuberculin skin testing and $54 100 per case by symptom screening.

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