Vititoe Law GroupPersonal Injury Lawyers
Over $1 Billion Recovered In Personal Injury Cases
By Jim Vititoe And His Firms
Free Initial Consultation
818-851-1886
NO RECOVERY • NO FEE

Study: ER MDs are ordering too many advanced diagnostic scans

A recently published study in the medical journal Academic Emergency Medicine made some truly eye-opening findings concerning the practice of defensive medicine, meaning when physicians order an excess of diagnostic exams out of concerns over a possible misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose.

The study, performed by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that 97 percent of the 435 emergency room physicians who took part in a survey indicated that they had ordered advanced diagnostic scans -- CT scans, MRIs, etc. -- that were medically unnecessary, and that over 85 percent believed this practice was widespread.

While there's no question that ordering unnecessary diagnostic testing has a financial impact -- the American College of Emergency Physicians indicates it's the second costliest decision behind admitting a patient -- it can also cause unnecessary harm to the patient.

Specifically, unnecessary diagnostic testing can do the following:

  • Expose the patient to high levels of radiation.
  • Lead to a false positive, such that the patient could end up undergoing a multitude of tests and biopsies, and even start potentially dangerous treatment for a condition that doesn't exist.
  • Expose an underlying medical issue that has yet to manifest itself, leading to treatment that affects quality of life more than the undetected condition.

Some possible solutions advanced by the researchers for addressing the problem of unnecessary diagnostic testing include involving the patient more in the decision-making process when it comes to these scans, and having hospitals supply reports to ER physicians showing how many scans they are ordering compared to their colleagues.

If you or a loved one believes that you have been victimized by any sort of medical malpractice, be sure to consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible to learn more about your options.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
More Than 30 Years of Experience Fighting For the Victims of Negligence

Contact Us For A Free Confidential Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response

Corporate Office

Westlake Village
5707 Corsa Avenue
Second Floor
Westlake Village, CA 91362

Phone: 818-851-1886
Phone: 818-991-8900
Fax: 818-991-6200
Westlake Village Law Office Map

Downtown L.A.
1055 W. 7th Street Floor 33, Suite 54
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Phone: 818-851-1886
Phone: 213-839-8800
Los Angeles Law Office Map

Oxnard
309 South A Street, Suite #101
Oxnard, CA 93030

Phone: 818-851-1886
Phone: 805-385-3200
Fax: 805-385-3100
Oxnard Law Office Map

Orange County
38 Corporate Park
Suite 44
Irvine, CA 92606

Phone: 818-851-1886
Phone: 949-791-2770
Irvine Law Office Map

Palmdale
190 Sierra CT
B-111
Palmdale, CA 93550

Phone: 818-851-1886
Phone: 661-273-5600
Palmdale Law Office Map