Continued increases in diagnostic testing and radiation exposure

In this large retrospective cohort from 6 integrated health care systems over 15 years, the number of imaging tests performed were 1.2 / person / year, of which ~1/3 were advanced diagnostic imaging (e.g. CT, MRI, USG, nuclear). CT use increased 8%/year, MRI increased 10% / year, and USG 4% / year. Mean per capita radiation dose doubled. Although this study did not evaluate appropriateness, some of this exposure was likely unnecessary, and continues to escalate over time (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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