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Editorial
September 3, 2019

Evolving Priorities for Imaging Utilization Research: From Outputs to Outcomes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA. 2019;322(9):819-821. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.10158

In this issue of JAMA, Smith-Bindman et al1 report findings from a study of advanced imaging utilization in 3 US integrated health care programs, in 4 US mixed-model insurance plans, and in individuals living in Ontario, Canada. Using electronic health record data from 2000 to 2016, the authors retrospectively characterized more than 135 million medical imaging examinations for 16 million to 21 million individuals annually, including segmenting utilization by both imaging mode and body region.

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