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Financial Interests of Doctors May Mean Unnecessary MRI Referrals

Reuters reports that a study in Radiology has found that physicians who have financial stake in a particular imaging facility or center are more likely to have patients whose scans come back negative after referral. The study looked at 350 knee MRIs ordered by doctors who did not have financial interest in the scanning facility and 350 MRIs ordered by doctors who did. Researchers found that in the financially invested group, 117 of the 350 MRIs came back normal, compared to the 88 negative results of the non-invested group. The results suggest that patients should check on the necessity of scanning before proceeding with such an expensive procedure, costing between $700 and $1,000.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in Radiology.