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$1 Billion a Year Spent on Unnecessary Brain Scans

CT scan room

NBC News reports that “U.S. headache sufferers are racking up nearly a $1 billion a year on brain scans — and the vast majority of them are probably unnecessary.” The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that “about one in every eight visits to a doctor for an uncomplicated headache or migraine from 2007 to 2010 resulted in the patient getting an MRI or a CT scan.” And despite national guidelines recommending against routine use, the number of imaging procedures nearly tripled from 5.1% to 14.7% of all visits.

Read it in NBC News.

Read the study in JAMA Internal Medicine.