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CT scans boost patient confidence about diagnosis
Modern Healthcare

Emergency room patients who have acute abdominal pain are four times more confident that doctors have correctly diagnosed their conditions when a CT imaging study is used to facilitate diagnosis, according to a study published in the online version of the Annals of Emergency Medicine. For the study, Patient Perceptions of Computed Tomographic Imaging and Their Understanding of Radiation Risk and Exposure, researchers surveyed 1,168 patients with non-traumatic abdominal pain and found that 20% were confident in a diagnosis based on patient history and physical exam only.