Most Brain Scans for Headaches Unnecessary
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Despite recommendations against routine headache neuroimaging such as the Choosing Wisely campaign, research has found that it is frequently ordered by doctors for patients suffering from headaches at a cost of nearly $1 billion per year. Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, a study of data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) and the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) found that neuroimaging (CT or MRI scan) is ordered in 12% of outpatient headache visits. The authors state that this suggests an overuse and insurance authorization requirements could decrease this trend.
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