March 02, 2009

Medical Scan Industry

Yes, you read it right. The medical scans and imaging is a $100 billion a year industry in US. And the 'stomach-burning' news...
..recent studies show that as many as 20 percent to 50 percent of the procedures should never have been done because their results did not help diagnose ailments or treat patients.

“The system is just totally, totally broken,” said Dr. Vijay Rao, the chairwoman of the radiology department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, in Philadelphia.
Radiologists are struck by the wide variation in the quality of scans, and they say there is little patients can do other than to ask why the scan is necessary and, if it is, to ask about accreditation, the credentials of the person reading the scan and the age of the scanner.
Another concern is the growing number of doctors who refer patients for imaging done by scanners they own and profit from.

More at NewYork Times

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