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Frequency of radiology self-referral in abdominal computed tomographic scans and the implied cost.

Authors
  • Blaivas, Michael
  • Lyon, Matthew
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
May 01, 2007
Volume
25
Issue
4
Pages
396–399
Identifiers
PMID: 17499656
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A type of radiology self-referral is possible and can add considerable cost to patient care. In our study, an average of $74 of extra imaging was suggested for each patient who received an abdominal CT. If this holds up nationwide, Medicare can expect at least $226 million worth of radiology self-referrals per year on patients getting abdominal CT.

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