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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 are performed at credentialed imaging centers equipped with the latest technology and staffed by trained personnel. MedSolutions maintains extensive quality control requirements for all imaging facilities in its network. In addition to maintaining accreditation from the American College of Radiology, all network facilities follow a documented Radiation Safety program, an "As Low As Reasonably Achievable" (ALARA) program, and engage in ongoing preventive maintenance for imaging equipment.

"By using evidence-based guidelines and engaging in strict quality control measures, we can greatly reduce the risk of unnecessary radiation exposure," said Dr. Allen. "We are hopeful this new research will result in widespread adoption of these important practices."

About MedSolutions

Using independently validated savings methodologies, MedSolutions specializes in intelligent cost management of medical services for commercial, Medicare and Medicaid payors. The company maintains management contracts for more than 25 million individuals nationwide. Using robust data, predictive intelligence technology and clinical expertise, the company's innovative solutions extend beyond radiology management to other areas of medical specialty, including cardiology, oncology, ultrasound, emergency room and Premerus(SM) Diagnostic Accuracy. MedSolutions has been recognized three consecutive years for its call center operations by the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates Award. Visit www.MedSolutions.com.

(1) "Cancer Risks and Radiation Exposure From Computed Tomographic Scans" - Archives of Internal Medicine, December 14, 2009

(2)"Radiation Dose Associated With Common Computed Tomography Examinations and the Associated Lifetime Attributable Risk of Cancer" - Archives of Internal Medicine, December 14, 2009

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