Posts Tagged "CT scans"

Medicare Claims Show Overuse for CT Scanning

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 in Health Optimization

By WALT BOGDANICH and JO CRAVEN McGINTY Long after questions were first raised about the overuse of powerful CT scans, hundreds of hospitals across the country needlessly exposed patients to radiation by scanning their chests twice on the same day, according to federal records and interviews with researchers. Performing two scans in succession is rarely necessary, radiologists say, yet some hospitals were doing that more than 80 percent of the time for their Medicare chest patients, according to Medicare outpatient claims from 2008, the most recent year available. The rate is typically less...

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As CT Scans of Kids Soar, Experts Urge Oversight

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

Imaging most often ordered for head injury, abdominal pain and headache, study finds TUESDAY, April 5 (HealthDay News) — The substantial increase in computed tomography (CT) examinations of children in U.S. hospital emergency departments between 1995 and 2008 highlights the need for appropriate use and interpretation of these exams, say researchers.   They analyzed National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data and found that CT exams of children rose from about 330,000 in 1995 to 1.65 million in 2008, a five-fold increase. Head injury, abdominal pain and headache were the most...

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CT scans could "change the paradigm" for heart disease

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

November 18, 2010 by Brendon Nafziger, Writer SPECT nuclear medicine scans have long been the gold standard for gauging the sluggish blood flow indicating heart disease. And angiograms are the standard tool for discovering blocked arteries. But now a group of Johns Hopkins University doctors suggest a combination of two ultra-high-slice CT scans can produce results nearly as accurate as both tests, with a mite less radiation and in less time. In a study presented earlier this week at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting in Chicago, scientists said two scans using a...

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