Archive for December, 2014

Excess Imaging Has A Fiscal — And Personal — Cost

Posted On : December 5, 2014,   Time : 8:26 am

A new study has concluded that unnecessary medical imaging in conjunction with cardiac stress tests not only costs the healthcare system more than $500 million annually but also creates enough radiation exposure to give 491 Americans cancer each year. Using data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, the study’s authors concluded that imaging with a cardiac stress test rose from 59 percent of the time in the early 1990s to 87 percent of the time by 2010. Meanwhile, the percentage of patients who underwent a stress test without the presence of cardiac disease rose more than 50 percent during that same time period. As a result, the researchers concluded that nearly 35 percent of cardiac stress imaging tests are unnecessary. That’s about 1 mi read more

Radiologists Pushed To Get Results To Patients Faster

Posted On : December 1, 2014,   Time : 7:10 pm

A move is on for patients to obtain radiology results far sooner than has been the norm. According to the New York Times, some patients wait weeks for radiology results that may indicate whether they have cancer or some other serious health issue. Both the Radiological Society of North America and the American College of Radiology have created initiatives to make radiologists more accessible to patients and to hand over test results immediately when asked. At SecondOpinionExpert, our clients receive their medical second opinions within two business days of submitting their medical records and a questionnaire specific to their medical condition. For more information about our medical second opinion service, contact us at read more