Report: Huge differences in cost of MRI scans

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Authors: Kim JH, Sharan A, Cho W, Emam M, Hagen M, Kim SY Abstract Study Design: Case control study. Purpose: To determine the prevalence and degree of asymptomatic cervical and lumbar facet joint arthritis. We retrospectively reviewed 500 computed tomography (CT) scans of cervical facet joints obtained from 50 subjects. Moreover, 500 lumbar facet joints obtained from an additional 50 subjects were reviewed. Overview of Literature: Numerous reports in the literature indicate that joint arthritis is a major source of axial neck and low back pain. However, the diagnostic value of this condition, based on dege...
Source: Asian Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Asian Spine J Source Type: research
ConclusionNo model to predict the presence of MC, based on clinical tests, could be demonstrated. It is therefore not likely that LBP patients with MC are very different from other LBP patients and that they form a specific subgroup. However, the study only explored a limited number of clinical findings and it is possible that larger samples allowing for more variables would conclude differently.
Source: Chiropractic and Manual Therapies - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionEarly anterior vertebral body reconstruction for fractures gives better clinical results than delayed reconstruction for patients with diagnosis of nonunion in patients with thoracic and lumbar spine trauma. Moreover, the shorter the time from trauma to operation, the better the sagittal reduction of kyphosis. The use of expandable titanium cage is a good way to perform and maintain this reduction.Level of evidenceIV, retrospective study.
Source: Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Surgery and Research - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
Sickness absence mesmerizes many researchers, given the numerous publications on risk factors for sickness absence. A large variety of risk factors have been identified, including work-related risk factors such as physical work demands and psychosocial work factors (1,2), unhealthy behaviors such as lack pf physical activity and smoking (3,4), and chronic health problems (5). A logical next step seems to be the development of a prediction model, whereby an individual ’s profile on risk factors is converted into a probability on future sickness absence. In the past few years, several prediction models have been develo...
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health - Category: Occupational Health Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
After reading the Danish digital health strategy, one of the most forward-looking examples of a government-supported objective to adjust the medical arena to the 21st century, we looked around what real-life projects aim to transform patients’ and doctors’ lives for the better in the Scandinavian country. Our findings are thrilling: the newly established Danish National Genome Center strives to have at least 60,000 whole-genome sequenced in the next 5 years, while the Copenhagen Healthtech Cluster wants to set up a network of data registers updated so fast that it might enable helping doctors real-time – ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy big data Danish Denmark digital health digital health strategy genetics genomics health data healthcare design Innovation technology Source Type: blogs
Iliac artery angiosarcoma is rare, and bone metastasis as its presenting initial symptom is extremely rare. A 67-year-old man with a history of low back pain presented with multiple MRI-identified lumbar and sacrum lesions highly suggestive of bone metastasis. On subsequent PET/CT scan, in addition to multiple vertebrae and pelvis hypermetabolism, a lesion with intense focal uptake was discovered within the lumen of left common iliac artery. Dual-time point quantitative analysis revealed that the lesion-to-liver ratio of SUVmax was significantly increased in the delayed phase. Biopsy confirmed the lesion as a primary iliac...
Source: Clinical Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Interesting Images Source Type: research
We present a case of a 53-year-old man suffering back and proximal right femur pain underwent 18F-FDG PET/CT scan. Multiple hypermetabolic lesions of bone were concerning for metastatic carcinoma. Since no primary malignancy was found, open biopsy was performed and histologic examination led to a diagnosis of diffuse skeletal angiomatosis. This case highlighted the importance of including diffuse skeletal hemangiomatosis in the differential diagnosis of multiple hypermetabolic skeletal lesions on 18F-FDG PET/CT.
Source: Clinical Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Interesting Images Source Type: research
ObjectiveTo investigate the value of repeated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the sacroiliac (SI) joints in diagnosing chronic back pain patients in whom axial spondyloarthritis (SpA) is suspected and to examine determinants of positive MRI findings in SI joints.MethodsPatients with chronic back pain (duration 3 months –2 years, age ≥16 years, age at onset
Source: Arthritis and Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
While modern medicine created the professional, efficient, metric-driven medic alienated from the patients, the need for compassionate care is more urgent than ever. However, that’s not only up to the physician but also the organization, because individual attempts might result in burnout symptoms. Adoption of A.I. could change the situation for the better in the future, as it would create space for doctors and nurses to spend more quality time with patients. The question is, are doctors ready for it? Medicating Albert, the plush armadillo Two years ago, my niece had to spend two weeks in hospital as she partia...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine AI care compassionate care digital digital health future healthare nursing physician technology Source Type: blogs
Conclusions: As a supplement to the described surgical techniques of PECD, this trench approach provides novel access for the treatment of CIVDH, especially for the central type. The advantages of this technique include the provision of access to decompress the ventral region of the thecal sac and the ability to avoid damage to the facet joint. The steep learning curve might be a major disadvantage, and the sample volume is a limitation of the study; the effectiveness and reliability of the trench approach should be further verified in a comparative cohort study with a large volume of patients.
Source: Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques - Category: Surgery Tags: SURGICAL TECHNIQUE Source Type: research
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