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Research News: Imaging utilization in the management of appendicitis and its impact on hospital charges

radRounds (BOSTON) -- Otero, et al, at the Department of Radiology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston has recently published a study evaluating the trends in imaging utilization in adults with diagnosis of appendicitis and the role that imaging plays in the escalating appendicitis hospital charges. His research has demonstrated that imaging utilization has increased rapidly, but trends show a slowdown that might correspond with achievement of standardization. Furthermore, the results suggest that long-term continuous rising is unlikely. Imaging charges correlate with increased hospital charges but cannot explain or accurately predict them.

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