New Guide for Imaging Tests Aims to Cut Harmful Unnecessary Scans

Regular readers of this blog know that imaging tests – X-rays and MRIs, for example – are frequently used when there’s no need, or when the need is questionable. The Joint Commission’s new campaign, Speak Up, includes guidelines for the use of these tests that should help patients understand when and why they are appropriate, or not.

The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies thousands of U.S. health-care organizations and programs. Its mission is to improve health care by evaluating health-care organizations and offering resources to enable them to provide safe, effective and appropriate care.

Medical imaging tests help diagnose problems and guide their treatment. But they’re not without risk – some involve radiation, some involve uncomfortable preparation, some carry a risk of infection or allergy. To view the Joint Commission’s graphic, link here. It explains the purpose of each imaging procedure – X-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear scan – what’s involved and the risks.

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