Navigation Links
MSK ultrasound volume increase higher among non-radiologists, study suggests
Date:2/1/2012

Between 2000 and 2009, the musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound volume increase among non-radiologists was much higher than that among radiologists, according to a study in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Ultrasound images of the MSK system provide pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue throughout the body.

Over the past two decades, MSK ultrasound has emerged as an effective means of diagnosing MSK pathologies. However, some insurance providers have expressed concern about increased MSK ultrasound utilization, possibly facilitated by the low cost and ready availability of ultrasound technology.

Data was obtained from the CMS Physician/Supplier Procedure Summary Master Files from 2000 to 2009, and records were extracted for procedures for extremity non-vascular ultrasound. Researchers analyzed annual volume by provider type using specialties, practice settings and geographic regions where the studies were performed.

Results showed that musculoskeletal ultrasound volume increased from 56,254 procedures in 2000 to 233,964 in 2009. However, the MSK ultrasound volume increase among non-radiologists, especially podiatrists, was far higher than that among radiologists from 2000 and 2009, with the highest growth in private offices.

"In a health care climate in which increased utilization deserves further scrutiny, this study has demonstrated significant utilization increases by specialties that are not traditional imaging providers and may be in a position to self-refer," said Richard E. Sharpe, MD, MBA, lead author of the study.

"These findings raise concern for self-referral," said Sharpe.


'/>"/>
Contact: Heather Curry
PR@acr.org
703-390-9822
American College of Radiology
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Clinical trial underway: Miniature ultrasound device could revolutionize pain relief
2. Sonitor Technologies Announces New Staff Tag and Battery Powered Ultrasound Receiver
3. Groundbreaking Study Using Ultrasound for the Treatment of Intracerebral and Intraventricular Hemorrhage Stroke Shows Promise
4. Office-based ultrasound-guided FNA superior in diagnosing head and neck lesions
5. Why do physicians order costly CTs? Ultrasound yields better diagnosis, safer, less costly
6. Medical Ultrasound Now Used in New, Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedure
7. Unprecedented AIUM training guidelines speak to future of musculoskeletal ultrasound
8. Johns Hopkins Health System Acquires Imorgon Ultrasound PACS Product
9. Doctors use ultrasound to diagnose possible muscular trauma in professional athletes on-site
10. MedCorp LLC Unveils New Marketing Campaign Including Refreshed Logo and All-New Website Focused on Ultrasound
11. Ultrasound could boost tissue implant success
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... for human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and other difficult to transfect cells, ... Cloning Medium. The PluriQ™ G9™ Gene Editing System is a complete ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Finally, a bruise cream ... procedures, dermaka cream can be incorporated into the post-surgical treatment plans of a variety ... , dermaka cream is very effective for bruising and causes a rapid resolution ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Randall Markarian, DDS, are co-chairs for the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) Foundation’s ... 15-16 at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville. , They expect ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... SpiritQuest Sedona Retreats, located in ... Sedona, surrounded by famous vortex sites: Cathedral Rock, Airport Mesa, and Boynton Canyon. The ... the Lodge at Sedona as well as the Sedona Rouge, both popular accommodations for ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... Terumo BCT, a global ... for clinical transfusion research programs and for the blood supply in the Netherlands, ... Predictive Analytical Rating Score (PREPAReS) study. , Currently in its sixth year, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... The vast majority of dialysis patients currently ... are usually 3 times a week, with treatment times ... time, equipment preparation and wait time.  This regimen can ... patients who are elderly and frail.  Many elderly dialysis ... centers for some duration of time. Residents ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... NEW YORK , June 23, 2016 ... rough waters, but it continues to present great opportunities ... featured companies for today: Intrexon Corp. (NYSE: ... ), Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA ), ... Learn more about these stocks and receive your complimentary ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Delcath Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCTH ), a ... of primary and metastatic liver cancers, announces that the ... www.againsttheodds.eu - has been awarded a silver medal ... The website was developed as an education ... who are coping with the devastating diagnosis of cancer ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: