Simpler, cheaper and safer is better

Sometimes a common hammer is better than a gold plated hammer. In this case, the argument is made than ultrasound is far superior to CT scans for imaging the pelvic area.

from Science Daily: http://tiny.cc/6t5aT“How have we evolved to ordering the most expensive imaging technique first for these patients, only to be followed frequently by a far less costly ultrasound examination to clarify the CT findings? Ultrasound is the established modality of choice to evaluate the female pelvis, so why do patients with pelvic masses or pain get a CT scan? In my opinion, doing a CT scan first for female patients with lower abdominal pain is dangerous and wasteful, a drain of much-needed health care dollars.”

Citing a recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine regarding the vast use of imaging procedures that involved radiation exposure, Dr Benacerraf emphasizes the fact that “radiation exposure is cumulative, and each exposure adds incrementally to the long-term danger of cancer.” Alternatively, ultrasound is safe, radiation-free, and most frequently has superior diagnostic capability when evaluating patients with lower abdominal conditions. The advancement of ultrasound technology has resulted in machines that are less operator-dependent with the ability to produce images that can be evaluated in multiple views with 3D volume imaging….” more: http://tiny.cc/6t5aT

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