Dr. House in the medical drama “House M.D.” sometimes ruminates over medical mysteries or rants wildly, while reviewing his patients’x-rays or other images on an x-ray view box. The bright view box contrasting dark film looks dramatic in the TV show, but it has become an ancient relic in real clinics. Instead of standing before the x-ray view box, doctors scroll and click through images on the computer screen.
It’s one of the most uncomfortable times for a musculoskeletal radiologist - as diagnostic professionals, that’s saying a lot - but when a patient is physically too large to fit an imaging machine, there’s no choice but to refer them somewhere with special equipment. As the number of bariatric patients grow, this situation is becoming all too common, and hospitals are beginning to respond by making plus sized accommodations available.
When is the right time to recommend a diagnostic imaging test? It can often be argued that procedures such as CT scans are invaluable to determining a patient’s malady. However, it can be equally beneficial to both your clients and your practice to take a step back and reevaluate the situation. Imaging tests such as CT scans, MRIs, and even mammograms top the list of Change Healthcare’s 8 Health Procedures with the Biggest Variance in Price list.