Medical imaging is common and frequently performed in the healthcare setting. It is important in diagnosing disease, establishing prognosis, and monitoring therapy. The Quality and Safety of outpatient imaging studies are important. These measures address the appropriate and efficient use of diagnostic imaging, including both quality and cost.
Exposure to radiation and other risks should be as low as possible. For example, MRI’s can be helpful for diagnosing low back pain, but too many MRI’s put patients at risk of over exposure. If a mammogram comes back for signs of breast cancer, follow-up is important. Combination scans involve additional radiation exposure and risks associated with use of contrast.
These Imaging Efficiency measures only apply to Medicare patients in a hospital outpatient setting. Here, each individual facility at Norton Healthcare shares the same performance as a system.