Many lower back MRI scans may be unnecessary

by admin on March 25, 2013

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often needed for patients plagued by headaches, but the scans are overused when back pain is the chief complaint, according to a new study from Canada. An expert panel that reviewed 1,000 requests for lower back MRI at Canadian hospitals considered less than half of them appropriate – meaning the scans might help …

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