Clinical Decision Support: Curse or Blessing?
J Am Coll Radiol . 2020 May;17(5):566-567. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2020.03.022.
Max Wintermark, Michael A Bruno
Evidence suggests that as many as 30% to 50% of medical imaging studies performed in the United States are not medically necessary, providing little or no value to patient care but increasing patient risk [ 1 ]. The latter encompasses radiation risk, risk associated with exposure to contrast media, and the less-appreciated risk of overdiagnosis related to the identification of incidental, insignificant findings to which physicians and other caregivers may overreact, thus further increasing risk of patient harm [ 2 ]. Inappropriate use of imaging may also possibly lead to an increased risk of diagnostic error by creating misleading or distracting extraneous data interfering with the cognitive aspects of physicians’ diagnostic reasoning [ 3 ].
Read Full Article Here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacr.2020.03.022