Too many imaging tests increase cost of healthcare

August 24, 2010 2:58:01 PM PDT
Do you really need that CT scan or x-ray?

A new report in the journal Radiology says doctors are ordering too many unnecessary imaging tests.

Experts claim the tests are raising the cost of healthcare and exposing patients to excess amounts of radiation. They say many doctors order tests that will not find the cause of their patients' complains.

But better communication among doctors and imaging experts could cut down on unnecessary tests.

The paper represents the best ideas from a two-day summit representing more than 60 organizations involved in medical imaging.