Dr. Ralph Wang from University of California, San Francisco, who also recently reported a plateau in CT imaging of children with emergency visits for abdominal pain, told Reuters Health by email, “Several initiatives have been implemented to decrease inappropriate advanced imaging use, including payment reform (deficit reduction act), dissemination of research findings linking radiation from CT use to cancer, educational campaigns such as Imaging Gently/Choosing Wisely, clinical decision support in electronic health records, etc. Perhaps all of these efforts have resulted in a slowdown in imaging.”
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“Despite the slowdown, inappropriate use of CT and other advanced imaging is likely to be considerable,” he said. “More evidence is needed to provide rational imaging guidelines for other clinical conditions, and these guidelines should be implemented.”
“Another piece of recently passed legislation – Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) – requires that clinicians who order advanced imaging first consult clinical decision support based on evidence-based imaging guidelines prior to ordering a study,” Dr. Wang added.