A new study from the Journal of the American College of Radiology says that medical imaging improves patient care and decision making for physicians.
The data was collected from a survey sent out to over 2,000 general practice, family practice, and internal medicine providers. The respondents indicated that medical imaging:
- Increased their diagnostic confidence
- Provided data not otherwise available
- Permitted better clinical decisions
- Increased confidence in treatment choices
- Shortened time to definitive diagnosis
“As this study demonstrates, the overall ability of advanced medical imaging to facilitate rapid and accurate diagnoses has contributed to PCP’s perception of its value,” said Richard Duszak, MD, co-author of the study and chief medical officer and senior research fellow of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.
The study also noted that many physicians viewed imaging as a time saver. It could replace time previously spent examining and talking to patients.
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