CHICAGO (Reuters) - Americans are exposed to seven times more radiation from diagnostic scans than in 1980, a report found on Tuesday as experts said doctors are overusing the tests for profit and raising health risks for patients.
The findings, issued by National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement, add to already mounting evidence that doctors are ordering too many diagnostic tests, driving up the cost of health care in the United Statesand potentially harming patients. (italics mine)
Oh yea, another place where CT is MOST over-ordered is in the Emergency Room. Why is that? Two reasons. First, a CT hands the answer to a busy ER physician:
- Is there pancreatitis? No.
- Is there bleeding? No.
- Is there appendicitis? No.
Go home --OR -- Yes--go to surgery.
Second, in the ER the Docs are paralyzed for fear of missing something and then getting a registered letter with a court date from Hawkins, Burnett and Crude. The solution? Whole body CT scan.