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Many lower back MRIs in Canada are unnecessary
Many lower back MRIs in Canada are unnecessary

(March 25, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Alberta - A significant amount of lower-back MRIs in Canada are unnecessary, according to a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers studied 2,000 MRI imaging requests at the University of Alberta Hospital and The Ottawa Hospital. 1000 of these imaging requests for the spine and another 1000 were for the head. Results showed that over 50% of the lumbar spine (lower-back) requests were of questionable value or deemed inappropriate. Around 34% of the unnecessary tests were ordered by family doctors,  while imaging requested by specialists was more likely to be appropriate. 83% of the head MRIs were deemed appropriate.

 
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