Defensive Imaging

A term for the overuse of diagnostic imaging performed to 'rule out' pathology for which there is a low clinical suspicion. Defensive imaging is meant to reduce the risk of a lawsuit for a potentially treatable condition, such as indiscriminant CTs of the head for any minor bump to exclude subdural haematoma
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This is the first study we know of that looked at the actual practice decisions of physicians regarding defensive imaging in real time--prospectively done," said John Flynn, 'M.
Defensive imaging was responsible for $113,369 of $325,309 (34.
Ideally, as a next step, we would hope to try to get a broader national picture using this prospective practice audit methodology, so we could get a better sense of the true costs of defensive imaging in orthopaedics," Flynn said.