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Medical Center Uses Analytics To Reduce Radiation
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Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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5/28/2014 | 10:16:56 AM
Re: An Important metric
Personally, that's pretty much how I deal with it too because none of the practices I visit use anything like this. However, as someone who's had quite a few MRIs and CT scans, I am concerned about my exposure and if a local facility gave me this option I would choose it over another. In fact, if I need another scan I will do some research to see if anyone within my area is proactive, like the Medical Center here. I can imagine if a patient battled a disease or condition where they required regular scans, this would be even more important. Or, as a parent, you'd want your child exposed to the minimal amounts and you'd want to carefully track this exposure over the kid's life.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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5/27/2014 | 6:51:31 PM
Re: An Important metric
@Alison Generally, I just have to take my doctor's -- really more my dentist's -- word for it that the X-rays use less radiation than they have in the past due to the computer imaging technology use.  They don't get very specific about it, though. 
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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5/27/2014 | 3:21:45 PM
Re: An Important metric
An interesting point that I didn't include in the article: Anecdotally, it's something at least some patients want to know. Dr. Shuman recalled one patient in particular who commented on the fact that his radiation exposure dropped year-over-year due to the provider's changes and monitoring. The patient was really appreciative of this and had made a point of bringing it up. 

 
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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5/27/2014 | 3:12:42 PM
An Important metric
It's good to see that this critical, but oft-ignored parameter is starting to get the attention that it deserves. Yet another benefit made practical by electronic health records.


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