Study: Imaging rates vary by region

03/22/2010 | Bloomberg Businessweek

Researchers using Medicare data to calculate regional utilization rates for MRIs and CT and PET scans found Atlanta had the highest use rate and Seattle had the lowest rate. "Wide geographic variation in utilization raises questions about underutilization and quality on the low side and overutilization and costs on the high side," the lead author of the study said.

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