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Quality Measures: Use of Medical Imaging

Medical imaging tests help doctors detect and diagnose a wide range of medical conditions.

Safe, Effective Use of Outpatient Medical Imaging

Explore this page to learn about how Mount Auburn Hospital providers use medical imaging tests for outpatients safely, effectively and only when needed. The data here doesn’t include medical imaging for patients who’ve been admitted to the hospital as inpatients.

MRI For Low Back Pain Without First Trying Recommended Treatments

If treatments such as physical therapy or chiropractic care relieve back pain, you or a loved one can get relief for pain without the stress, risk and cost of an MRI.

Mount Auburn Hospital 41.1%
State of Massachusetts Avg 40.2%
United States Avg 45.0%

Follow-Up Breast Imaging Test Within 45 Days After a Screening Mammogram

Women whose screening mammogram shows possible signs of breast cancer may be asked to have a follow-up mammogram, MRI or ultrasound test. Follow-up rates near zero may indicate missed breast cancers, while a rate above 14 percent may indicate unnecessary follow-up.

Mount Auburn Hospital 10.6%
State of Massachusetts Avg 8.8%
United States Avg 8.9%

CT Scans of the Chest That Were “Combination” (Double) Scans

CT scans use X-rays to make cross-sectional pictures of your body. For some CT scans, you’ll receive a “contrast” substance to help make certain parts of your body more visible. If yours is a combination scan, you get two CT scans—one without contrast and one with contrast. In most cases, double CT scans of the chest aren’t needed and unnecessarily double exposure to radiation.

Mount Auburn Hospital 0,0%
State of Massachusetts Avg .3%
United States Avg 2.4%

CT scans of the Abdomen That Were “Combination” (Double) Scans

CT scans use X-rays to make cross-sectional pictures of your body. For some CT scans, you’ll receive a “contrast” substance to help make certain parts of your body more visible. If yours is a combination scan, you get two CT scans—one without contrast and one with contrast. In most cases, double CT scans of the abdomen aren’t needed and unnecessarily double exposure to radiation.

Mount Auburn Hospital 13.6%
State of Massachusetts Avg 5.9%
United States Avg 9.4%

Cardiac Imaging Stress Tests Before Low-Risk, Non-Cardiac Outpatient Surgery

Stress tests show how well your heart responds when it’s working hard. A stress test may be used to evaluate surgical risk for some procedures, but usually isn’t necessary for low-risk outpatient surgeries that put little stress on the heart.

Mount Auburn Hospital 4.8%
State of Massachusetts Avg 5.2%
United States Avg 5.0%

Simultaneous Use of Brain CT and Sinus CT Scans

In most cases, unless a patient has a head injury or tumor, two CT scans of the head aren’t needed and may result in unnecessary radiation exposure.

Mount Auburn Hospital .7%
State of Massachusetts Avg 2.4%
United States Avg 2.8%

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