Cleaning up imaging

Inappropriate imaging can be harmful for patients and costly for health providers. But how can we minimise the impact?

Imaging needs to be rationalised in different clinical scenarios, and consideration of the approach to appropriate diagnostic imaging needs discussion.


The RAND-UCLA Appropriateness Method was developed by RAND and the University of California and defines a radiological procedure as appropriate if "the expected health benefit ... exceeds the expected negative consequences ... by a sufficiently wide margin that the procedure is worth doing, exclusive of cost".

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