Chicago—The use of diagnostic imaging
is growing, rapidly fueled by its ability to better uncover patient ailments
in a less invasive manner.
Imaging equipment is now found in many specialist offices outside the
worlds of radiology and medical centers. Many patients say they favor this
development because it gives them fast results without having to travel to
yet another physician or the hospital.
But this rapid growth comes at a cost—now estimated to be nearing
$100 billion annually, according to a report by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Association—a 40% jump since 2000.
Mitka M. Costly Surge in Diagnostic Imaging Spurs Debate. JAMA. 2005;293(6):665-667. doi:10.1001/jama.293.6.665