Use of Medical Imaging - Bronson Methodist Hospital - Bronson Healthcare

These measures compare Bronson Methodist Hospital’s use of medical imaging (tests like mammograms, MRIs and CT scans) to the national average in the outpatient setting. They are based on the following:

  • Protecting patients’ safety. We want to keep patients’ exposure to radiation and other risks as low as possible.
  • Following up properly when screening tests such as mammograms show a possible problem.
  • Avoiding the risk, stress, and cost of doing imaging tests that patients may not need.

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7/1/2012 to 6/30/2013

Bronson Methodist Hospital National Average

Outpatients with low back pain who had an MRI without trying recommended treatments first, such as physical therapy. (If a number is high, it may mean the facility is doing too many unnecessary MRIs for low back pain.)

Lower percentages are better

33.5% 37.2%

Outpatients who had a follow-up mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI of the breast within 45 days after a screening mammogram. (A follow-up rate near zero may indicate missed cancer; a rate higher than 14% may mean there is unnecessary follow up.) 

5.3% 8.8%

Outpatient CT scans of the chest that were “combination” (double) scans. (If a number is high, it may mean that too many patients are being given a double scan when a single scan is all they need.)

Lower percentages are better

0.0% 2.7%

Outpatient CT scans of the abdomen that were “combination” (double) scans. (If a number is high, it may mean that too many patients are being given a double scan when a single scan is all they need.)

Lower percentages are better

3.9% 10.5%

Outpatients who got cardiac imaging stress tests before low-risk outpatient surgery

Lower percentages are better

4.7% 5.3%

Outpatients with brain CT scans who got a sinus CT scan at the same time

Lower percentages are better

2.2% 2.7%

Reviewed by Corporate Communications on August 26, 2015

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