September 1986

Medical and Economic Considerations in Using a New Contrast Medium

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Radiology (Drs Fischer and Spataro), University of Rochester (NY) School of Medicine and Dentistry; and the Departments of Radiology (Drs Fischer and Spataro) and Legal Affairs and Risk Management (Mr Rosenberg), Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.

Arch Intern Med. 1986;146(9):1717-1721. doi:10.1001/archinte.1986.00360210089014

• In deciding to use a new intravascular contrast medium, the considerations should be patient safety, imaging efficacy, and cost. Balancing these factors, use can be estimated. With the new low-osmolality contrast media, particularly the nonionic media, the expected increased patient safety must be balanced against the much higher cost.

(Arch Intern Med 1986;146:1717-1721)