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Overuse of Chest CT Scans: The Massachusetts Story

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Double scanning CT patients: Beth Israel Hospital in Needham is nearly three times the national average, according to The Times
Double scanning CT patients: Beth Israel Hospital in Needham is nearly three times the national average, according to The Times

The excellent interactive map accompanying the story allows you to search by state to see whether your favorite hospital is double scanning. In Massachusetts, according to the The Times map, most of the hospitals are well below the national average for double scanning, which is 5.4%. That is all but one: in 2008, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham, 16% of chest CT scan patients (203 patients in total) were scanned twice in the same day.

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Rachel Zimmerman Twitter Health Reporter
Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for Bostonomix.

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