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MedSolutions Applauds Renewed Focus on the Dangers of Radiation Exposure
Date:12/16/2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- MedSolutions (www.medsolutions.com), a leading provider of medical cost management services, today commended two new studies highlighting the dangers of excess radiation exposure from CT scans and other diagnostic imaging tests.

"When used properly, CT imaging is essential to proper diagnosis and treatment," said Gregg Allen, M.D., chief medical officer of MedSolutions. "However, these new studies offer more compelling evidence that stricter quality control measures are necessary to prevent unnecessary and duplicative scans that increase a patient's cumulative radiation exposure over time."

According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the National Cancer Institute projects 29,000 excess cancers will result from the 72 million CT scans Americans received in 2007 alone. Nearly 15,000 of those cancers could be fatal.(1) A second study highlights the wide variation in radiation doses patients receive during scans. Researchers at the University of California San Francisco measured as much as a 13-fold variation in the dose of radiation per scan for the same body part across different imaging facilities and practitioners.(2)

The research underscores the role radiology benefits managers (RBMs) can play in limiting unnecessary radiation exposure. By using evidence-based guidelines to validate the medical necessity of diagnostic imaging, RBMs ensure patients receive the right test at the right time, preventing inappropriate - and potentially harmful - overutilization that can expose patients to excessive radiation and result in billions of dollars in unnecessary expenditures.

RBMs also ensure that tests a
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