Physicians Order Costly, Redundant Neuroimaging for Stroke Patients: UM Study

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CT is Faster! and the quicker you can determine weather the person has a bleed or not the faster you can start TPA.

Originally posted on CBS Detroit:

ANN ARBOR — Neuroimaging for stroke patients may be unnecessarily costly and redundant, contributing to rising costs nationwide for stroke care, according to University of Michigan research.

The research, published in the Annals of Neurology, found that 95 percent of stroke patients who received magnetic resonance imaging also had a computed tomography scan.

“Compared to CT, MRI is a more accurate test for stroke,” says James F. Burke, M.D., lead author of the study and a clinical lecturer in the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Neurology. “But our results showed that MRI is not replacing CT as the primary stroke neuroimaging study — instead, patients are getting both. Minimizing the use of multiple studies could be a viable strategy to reduce costs.”

The costs of inpatient stroke care have climbed by 42 percent between 1997 and 2007, an increase of $3,800 per case, Burke and his University of…

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