Majority primary care physicians believe that advanced medical imaging, such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET), provides considerable value to patient care, according to a study published online in the 'Journal of the American College of Radiology'.
500 primary care physicians were part of the national survey that used an online self-administered questionnaire for assessment. Study results showed that primary care physicians indicated that advanced imaging-
1. Increases their diagnostic confidence
2. Provides data not otherwise available
3. Permits better clinical decisions
4. Increases confidence in treatment choices
5. Shortens time to definitive diagnosis
Lead author of the study Christine M. Hughes of the Hadley Hart Group said, "Primary care physicians are patients' main point of contact with the health care system and often the end users of the information that radiologists provide. The fact that they consider imaging of such high importance shows just how vital these technologies are for quality patient care."
Co-author Richard Duszak said, "As this study demonstrates, the overall ability of advanced medical imaging to facilitate rapid and accurate diagnoses has contributed to PCPs' perception of its value. Advanced medical imaging facilitates patient triage, and for sicker patients, decreases the frequency of exploratory surgery, and shortens hospital lengths of stay. And PCPs clearly recognize that."