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Research Letter
August 12, 2020

Physician-Reported Misuse of Thyroid Ultrasonography

Author Affiliations
  • 1Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 3Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • 4Department of Epidemiology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(10):984-986. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.2507

In the US, there is an ongoing national dialogue about avoiding unnecessary medical tests, with the Choosing Wisely campaign recommending against ordering thyroid ultrasonographic examinations for abnormal thyroid function test results.1,2 However, despite this national dialogue, little is known about physician-reported use of thyroid ultrasonography, a known driver of thyroid cancer incidence.3,4

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