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Report finds slowdown in growth of imaging use
Modern Healthcare

An analysis of claims for Medicare and three commercial insurers found imaging use cooled in 2006 after a boom earlier that decade and continued to flag through 2009, a newly released study found. Growth of magnetic resonance imaging use by Medicare enrollees plunged to 2.6% per year, on average, between 2006 and 2009 after climbing 14% per year during the first half of the decade, according to the research, published online by the journal Health Affairs. Computerized tomography use by Medicare also fell, as did MRI and CT use among privately insured patients, the report said.