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Medical News & Perspectives
February 17, 2010

Research Offers Only a Limited View of Imaging’s Effect on Patient Outcomes

JAMA. 2010;303(7):599-600. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.112

Chicago—The tug-of-war between radiologists and other specialists over the use of diagnostic and interventional imaging is often seen as a turf battle. The disagreements typically focus on utilization patterns, with the various specialties presenting studies to support their contentions that they provide the most efficacious and appropriate imaging services.

But these discussions and debates, which often come down to reimbursement issues, tend to overlook the patient's concerns: which types of diagnostic and interventional imaging, used by which specialists and in what settings, produce the best results? The short answer is, “No one knows.” No rigorous trials have focused on the use of diagnostic and interventional imaging and patient outcomes.

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