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Expensive imaging tests are overused in emergency medicine

from Medscape (free login required)

An increasing number of emergency department patients are being given computed tomography (CT) scans — even those patients who are unlikely to benefit and are most likely to experience harm from the scan. "Beyond the risk posed by ionizing radiation, high resolution CT may have unintended downstream consequences related to incidental findings and overdiagnosis, leading to a costly and potentially harmful diagnostic, therapeutic, or interventional cascade," Frank S. Drescher, M.D., and Brenda E. Sirovich, M.D., from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire, explain. more

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