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Avoiding tests and procedures that do not improve the health of the paitient seems to be making its way into a priority. Recently AARP had an article in their monthly newsmagazine about procedures you should avoid. They discuss MRI’s for lower back pain and how roughly 80% of lower back pain is not revealed by an MRI. Also mentioned are tests which need not be as frequent or as early in a person’s life.
This century may well be the era of practicality. Tests are given when reasonable suspicion of particular health issue. Not just to prevent a lawsuit or run up bills. Interesting times to come, will the tools at the physicians’ disposal help the patient? Will the results have a high likelihood of dictating proper treatment or will it create more anxiety in patients and more testing/procedures? Time will tell.