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diagnostic overkillClinical decision-making The use of excess or overlapping tests that provide virtually no additional diagnostic information–eg, an MRI of the brain when a prior CT identified an intracranial mass. Cf Defensive medicine.
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di·ag·nos·tic o·ver·kill(dī'ăg-nos'tik ō'vĕr-kil)
The excessive use of tests for either medical or legal reasons in the determination of the nature of a disease, injury, or congenital defect.
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