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Erschienen in: Wiener klinische Wochenschrift 5-6/2017

01.03.2017 | editorial

Defensive medicine and overutilization of imaging—an issue of radiation protection

verfasst von: Franz Kainberger

Erschienen in: Wiener klinische Wochenschrift | Ausgabe 5-6/2017

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Defensive medicine is a serious and prevalent challenge in modern medicine and is a major cause of overutilization of imaging, i. e., its application with a low probability to improve patient outcome. The problems are concerns of missing unexpected or rare findings and fear from litigation; other reasons are avoidance of an inaccurate diagnosis or keeping costs low. Defensive ordering of diagnostic tests may additionally lead to overdiagnosis, which is the detection of new findings not associated with a substantial impact on health which in turn may cause further unnecessary actions. …
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Metadaten
Titel
Defensive medicine and overutilization of imaging—an issue of radiation protection
verfasst von
Franz Kainberger
Publikationsdatum
01.03.2017
Verlag
Springer Vienna
Erschienen in
Wiener klinische Wochenschrift / Ausgabe 5-6/2017
Print ISSN: 0043-5325
Elektronische ISSN: 1613-7671
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00508-016-1089-3