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How Much Does a CT Scan Cost? by outofpocket Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 06 Apr 2009 11:15pm Are you shopping around for a CT scan but have no idea how much your out-of-pocket costs will be? You are not alone. A new type of CT scan, called “virtual colonoscopy”, offers a noninvasive and less expensive alternative than the traditional CAT scan. A virtual colonoscopy test can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500, depending on where you go ... Read on »
The Evidence Gap - Weighing the Costs of a CT Scan’s Look Inside the Heart - Series - NYTimes.com by Dr. Aniruddha M. Medical Doctor Posted Tue 18 Nov 2008 12:13am The Evidence Gap - Weighing the Costs of a CT Scan’s Look Inside the Heart - Series - NYTimes.com: "While clinical trials have not shown that stents benefit patients with no symptoms of heart disease, they are still routinely inserted in such patients when tests find significant blockages. Cardiologists joke that the phenomenon is “ocular steno ... Read on »
CTs, MRIs, and PET Scans Drive Cost of Healthcare Upward by Bruce Friedman Patient Expert Posted Thu 25 Mar 2010 12:00am The point is frequently made in the media that the cost of imaging studies is a significant and growing percentage of the total cost of healthcare. It's useful to put some numbers to this assertion. A recent blog note by KevinMD raised the issue (see: How CTs and MRIs drive health care spending ). Here's his note in its entirety: ... Read on »
Lung CT Scans Drive Profitable Volume, Lower Costs and Save Lives by JohnLuginbill Posted Thu 05 Apr 2012 8:55am In , , , , Posted by: TurnUpYourVolume on Apr 5, 2012 | WellPoint Says CT Scans save smokers’ lives and lower costs – so they will reimburse CT scans for smokers. If you are in healthcare marketing this is a trifecta of good news. Here’s why… Regular ... Read on »
Lung CT Scans Drive Profitable Volume, Lower Costs and Save Lives by JohnLuginbill Posted Wed 25 Jul 2012 8:55am In , , , , Posted by: TurnUpYourVolume on Jul 25, 2012 WellPoint Says CT Scans save smokers’ lives and lower costs – so they will reimburse CT scans for smokers. If you are in healthcare marketing this is a trifecta of good news. Here’s why… Regul ... Read on »
Cause of Rising Hospital Costs (Hint: It’s not MRIs and CT Scans) by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted Wed 19 Dec 2012 12:00am A recent study use measures of hospital costs to charges to examine changes in inpatient cost between 2001 and 2006.  What did they find? The data come from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID) and Medicare Cost Reports for all community, nonrehabilitation hospitals in nine states.  T ... Read on »
The Cellphone As a Platform in Healthcare for low cost ultrasound scanning by Dr. Aniruddha M. Medical Doctor Posted Fri 31 Dec 2010 6:25am Mobisante is one example of a company that is building a specialized medical device on top of a smartphone. It has developed software that allows a Windows Mobile smartphone to connect to an ultrasound probe via USB, in effect turning it into a fully functional, portable ultrasound system. It uses the computing power of the phone to process and ... Read on »
Nuclear Kidney Scans in Children with Urinary Tract Infections Increase Costs and Radiation Exposure by Medline Plus Posted Mon 08 Oct 2012 5:19am Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Related MedlinePlus Pages: Bladder Diseases , Urinary Tract Infections Read on »
FDA approves use of dye to improve diagnostic scans for Alzheimer’s by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted Thu 31 May 2012 12:00am One of the most frustrating medical realities of Alzheimer’s disease is that a definitive diagnosis can only be made after death. Even though science has progressed to a point where many doctors  feel quite sure of their diagnosis, there is still a fair chance that the diagnosis is wrong. A recent article in the Detroit Free Press ab ... Read on »
Isotope Update – Shortage Still Taking a Toll With Scans Missed, Rescheduled or Cancelled by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 11 Aug 2009 9:27am The City of Hope is reporting that many scans are sometimes delayed for weeks due to the shortage and the closing of the 2 plants.  With lack of imaging the doctors state that some individuals are undergoing surgery for cancer that could have been a procedure done with isotopes instead, i.e. seeding.  The UCLA Cancer Center is repeatedly resched ... Read on »