In this opinion piece in The BMJ, consultant radiologist Giles Maskell examines changes to the ways in which medical imaging is used in the health service. He states that imaging used to be ordered, when necessary, at the end of a diagnostic process, whereas now many doctors are asking for scans before they will see a patient for the first time. The article highlights some of the implications of this shift in practice, including on screening service capacity and on the interpretation of test results.
BMJ - Scan first, ask questions later? (18 August 2022) https://www.bmj.com/content/378/bmj.o2052
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