Doctors group: Overuse of diagnostic testing could harm patients

December 29, 2011 1:53:15 PM PST
Have you recently had a medical procedure that first required a blood test, imaging test or perhaps an electrocardiogram?

The American College of Physicians says it's happening too often and asks, is it really necessary?

Evidence suggests that overuse of diagnostic testing could harm patients' health and drive up health care costs.

The group says there's clear overuse or misuse of certain kinds of tests for certain patients. So it's now trying to reduce unnecessary testing by educating physicians and patients on the benefits, harms and costs of certain tests.