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Physicians Order Costly, Redundant Neuroimaging for Stroke Patients, Study Says
Date:3/5/2012

are costs only increases our responsibility to become leaders and not victims."

Burke and his co-authors studied patients diagnosed with stroke from 1999 to 2008 in 11 states, studying 624,842 patients. They found wide geographic variation for the use of MRI, but overall the use of MRI jumped dramatically.

"There currently is not evidence-based guidelines that preferentially recommend either MRIs or CT," Burke says. "Understanding trends like these presented in this study are essential to determining efficient and consistent neuroimaging strategies."

Journal reference: Annals of Neurology, February 2012, Volume 71, No. 2

Funding: Robert Wood Johnson foundation Clinical Scholars Foundation, Veterans Affairs Advanced Fellowship, National Institutes of Health.

Additional authors: All of the University of Michigan: Kevin Kerber, M.D., Theodore J. Iwashyna, M.D., Ph.D., Lewis Morgenstern, M.D.

About the University of Michigan's Department of Neurology: The department is an academic medical department with a full range of activities in patient care, education and research. The Neurology inpatient service provides care for acutely ill patients with neurologic disease and includes a dedicated intensive care unit, a separate stroke unit, and inpatient epilepsy monitoring beds. Our faculty also investigate the causes, treatments, natural history and phenotypic spectrum of inherited neurologic disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease. Our studies range from describing novel inherited neurologic syndromes; to family studies including genetic mapping ; discovering genes for neurologic diseases; and the creation and analysis of laboratory animals of neurologic disease.


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