Your physician’s financial ties could be a deciding factor in whether or not you receive an expensive MRI scan for lower back pain. Physicians who own the equipment are more likely to order the scans.
CHICAGO — There may be good reason to ask about financial ties if your doctor orders an expensive imaging test for your aching back: Patients whose physicians own the equipment are more likely to get scans they might not need than those whose doctors have no financial interest, a small study suggests.
Researchers analyzed reports on 500 MRI scans performed on patients with lower back pain that had been sent for review to Duke University. Of the scans with normal results, 106 were ordered by orthopedic surgeons who owned the machines versus 57 by doctors without financial ties.
The normal scans accounted for about half of those ordered by surgeons with financial connections, compared with about a quarter in the other group. The authors only examined the scans, so there’s no information on the patients’ medical history or outcome.
But the results suggest that some doctors who own MRI scanners use them excessively on patients who probably don’t need them, to help pay for the expensive equipment and make a… continue reading
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Ryan Miller, the Goalie for the Sabres, has said he is suffering from whiplash and headaches. The problems are the result of a hit from Boston’s Milan Lucic from Saturday’s game.
Ryan Miller, lip quivering while he talked for nearly 10 minutes today, said he’s suffering from headaches and whiplash following the hit from Boston’s Milan Lucic on Saturday. The Sabres’ goaltender has no timetable for a return to the crease.
“I’m not as well as I’d like to be, but considering, I feel alright,” Miller said during a surprise appearance in the First Niagara Center dressing room. “My neck is pretty sore. I’m trying to figure out if that’s more of a source of headaches or if what I’m really feeling was my head really started hurting.
“You always are concerned. Last year I thought I had a very simple ‘get your bell rung,’ and I missed five games. This, I don’t know how to put a timeline on it, but I am encouraged that my neck feels better. Once that really feels good, I can start to make my way back.”
Miller is disappointed the NHL decided not to issue supplemental discipline to Lucic for the blast, and he’s also unhappy with Boston’s comments that the forceful collision might not even be the source of his ailment. He has no doubt the hit is the reason for his… continue reading
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