PCPs Value Imaging but Need More Details

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April 2015

Good news for radiologists — primary care physicians (PCPs) are aware of the value of imaging and believe it improves clinical decision-making and patient care, according to a recent article in the JACR®. Researchers surveyed more than 2,000 general practice, family practice, and internal medicine providers to find out their opinions on imaging. Researchers found that those physicians who had started their careers before advanced imaging was widely available tended to value imaging more, as compared to their less experienced colleagues.

Now the not-so-great news: researchers also found that PCPs did not have an accurate understanding of the cost of imaging. Many believed that the cost of an MRI was three times greater than it actually was, meaning that if greater price transparency could be achieved, PCPs might be able to better communicate radiology's value to patients.

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