Copying medical scans to a CD may reduce unnecessary imaging tests

04/21/2011 | United Press International

A U.S. study in the journal Radiology suggests that unnecessary medical imaging tests could be reduced 17% by copying to a CD patients' diagnostic medical scans when they are set to be transferred from one hospital to another. "Because there is no central repository for medical images or a large-scale system to transfer images electronically between hospitals, a CD with diagnostic imaging is among the most critical components in the hand-off of clinical information for patients transferred between hospitals," lead researcher Dr. Aaron Sodickson said.

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