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June 12, 1967

Radiologic Overkill

JAMA. 1967;200(11):999-1000. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120240127035

To the Editor:—  The shortage of radiologists and of facilities and ancillary personnel to render radiologic service is receiving much attention. The problems of training people and expanding departments to meet increasing demands are formidable.1 I would like to suggest that an immediate partial solution is available. Some financial problems of the University of Colorado Medical Center during fiscal year July 1965 through June 1966 led to an administrative decision to reduce expenditures drastically. A total of 10,645 diagnostic roentgenographic procedures were performed during January, February, and March of 1965. Although the hospital closed 33 beds, 11,421 studies were done during the same quarter of 1966— a classic illustration of the validity of Parkinson's first law.2 A total of 11,638 procedures were done during the second quarter of 1965, compared to 9,445 studies during the same quarter of 1966. This reduction was accomplished by pep talks delivered to