Many lower back MRIs may be unnecessary

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Many MRI scans for patients with lower back pain may be unnecessary.

Canadian researchers say an expert panel that reviewed a thousand requests for lower back MRI scans found that less than half might help doctors care for the patients.

Experts say the biggest concern is the cost. MRI scans are more expensive than X-rays or CT scans.

The study authors say unnecessary MRI scans also inconvenience patients and may put them at risk for more aggressive or invasive tests.

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    • Pill

      Ken you are obviously not a medical professional. Countless medical studies confirm that MRI's for low back pain are not an efficient use of health care dollars. Imaging does not always correlate with symptom severity. Please do some research before spewing your ignorance.

  • Riley

    Ya, it's true. MRI is a very costly scanning process and most people feels devastating to go through over MRI scan. I think a cheaper yet effective body scanning process need to discover for patients better care. Thanks.