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35% of Orthopedic Imaging Costs Stem from Defensive Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital Study


3/3/2011 7:24:29 AM

American Medical News -- Veteran orthopedic surgeons order more diagnostic imaging than young doctors to cover themselves against possible lawsuits, says research by a Pennsylvania hospital. Nearly 20% of imaging tests ordered by Pennsylvania orthopedic surgeons were for defensive purposes, according to a new study examining testing decisions of 72 surgeons.



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