As technological advances in imaging take hold, radiology resident Dr. Andrew Kesselman warns that the art and clinical relevance of the physical exam are increasingly being overshadowed. While incredibly beneficial, imaging is a costly, potentially harmful approach to diagnostics that should be used judiciously, he writes. However, Kesselman acknowledges that technological advances in imaging, such as hand-held ultrasound devices, are set to revolutionize care, and he notes that modalities that don't use radiation such as ultrasound are gaining appeal.

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