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Medical News and Perspectives
February 9, 2005

Costly Surge in Diagnostic Imaging Spurs Debate

JAMA. 2005;293(6):665-667. doi:10.1001/jama.293.6.665

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.

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