Variability in diagnostic error rates of ten MRI centers performing lumbar spine MRI exams on the same patient within a three week period
OPEN The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society | 22 Nov 2016
R Herzog, DR Elgort, AE Flanders and PJ Moley
In today’s healthcare climate, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is often perceived as a commodity - a service where there are no meaningful differences in quality and thus an area in which patients can be advised to select a provider based on price and convenience alone. If this prevailing view is correct, then a patient should expect to receive the same radiological diagnosis regardless of which imaging center he or she visits or which radiologist reviews the examination. Based on their extensive clinical experience, the authors believe that this assumption is not correct and that it can negatively impact patient care, outcomes and costs.
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