The turmoil over technology

By Charlene MacDonald, MPP

Recent technologic innovations in advanced imaging modalities have enabled orthopaedic surgeons to provide accurate, cutting-edge diagnostic services and improve the overall quality of patient care. In-office imaging is common among orthopaedists, neurologists, urologists, and other specialists who want to provide high-quality, collaborative care by making specialized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) services accessible and convenient to patients. For injured, disabled, or elderly patients, the availability of in-office MRI and CT services eliminates scheduling delays, prolonged waits, and the need to travel to other offices, ensuring them immediate access to specialty care.

Those seeking to control imaging services through prohibitions on ownership by nonradiologists may claim that the increase in medical imaging services by physician specialists other than radiologists represents a major cost driver in the healthcare system and charges nonradiologists with overutilization. They may also assert that other physician specialties lack the education and training to conduct these diagnostic procedures.

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