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Dramatically increased musculoskeletal ultrasound utilization from 2000 to 2009, especially by podia

Discussion in 'USA' started by NewsBot, Jun 8, 2012.

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    Dramatically increased musculoskeletal ultrasound utilization from 2000 to 2009, especially by podiatrists in private offices.
    Sharpe RE, Nazarian LN, Parker L, Rao VM, Levin DC.
    J Am Coll Radiol. 2012 Feb;9(2):141-6.
     
  2. Mart

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    I think that the podiatric community needs to urgently develop some standards, proper education and QA for sonography so that any concerns regarding financial abuse, the well documented tendency to use clinical tools simply because there is financial gain to or poor clincial reasoning are addressed. Historically US seems to have suffered its fair share of being undermined by these issues.

    Conversly I think there are good arguments not to regard US in same light as other imaging modalities. We would unlikely criticise clinicians for using a newly developed validated and useful technique as part of a physical exam. I think that US is often a useful extension of the PE. It boils down to cost benefit ratio and interpretation is an important component for this.

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    Martin

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  3. reckles

    reckles Member

    No surprise here- American DPM's have been all over this technology in the past decade, assisted by-"You can make an extra $3K a month by doing 5 scans a week in your office." offers from US suppliers- often doing "baseline" ultrasounds. Over utilization, anyone?
    No surprise when Medicare pulls the plug. When do we learn?
     
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