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Nonradiologists Still Do More Double Chest Scans

The use of combined pre- and postcontrast chest CTs among radiologists dramatically decreased when associated with efficiency metrics, but the reduction in use was not as quick among nonradiologists, according to a presentation at ACR 2015, held this week in Washington, DC.

Researchers from the University of Colorado, Denver, The Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute and American College of Radiology in Reston, VA, and The Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, Atlanta, GA, sought to analyze the trends of utilization of “double scans,” CT studies of the chest, performed both with and without contrast, which have been the focus of hospital outpatient cost- and radiation-reduction metrics by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) since legislation in 2006.

Source: UBM Partner Site Diagnostic Imaging - For full article, please click here.

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