Primary care physicians consider medical imaging to be of significant value for patient care, according to a study published online
in the Journal of the American College of Radiology
Researchers from the Hadley Hart Group in Chicago conducted a national survey of 500 primary care physicians to gauge their perceptions of the value of advanced medical imaging and its perceived impact on patient care. Questions focused on advanced medical imaging such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography.
According to the survey results, 88% of respondents indicated that advanced imaging improved their diagnostic confidence. In addition, 90% said that advanced imaging provides data that would otherwise not be available and 88% said it increased confidence in treatment choices.
Respondents whose clinical careers predated the proliferation of advanced imaging modalities added a higher value to advanced imaging over respondents whose training overlapped widespread technology availability.