May 1, 2012
Decision Support System Translates Into High Percentage Of Positive Chest CT Examinations
Using a decision support system for ordering chest CT examinations translates into positive examinations three-quarters of the time, a new study shows.
The study, conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, of 93,818 chest CT examinations done with the assistance of a decision support system, found that 76% of patients had a positive finding on their CT.
The study also reviewed utilization. Utilization was highest when abnormal chest radiography, shortness of breath or persistent cough was listed as the indication for performing chest CT, Dr. Gupta said.
The study will be presented on May 1 at the 2012 American Roentgen Ray Society Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
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