A new study conducted by the Hospital for Special Surgery casts doubt on one of the cornerstones of modern healthcare. The study involved an analysis of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results gathered from a number of different facilities. The same patient was sent to 10 facilities to have an MRI done on her lower back. The results of these MRIs varied widely.
Lack of consistency
An incorrect diagnosis can have an unfortunate impact on a patient's health. Vital treatment may be delayed while the patient undergoes unnecessary treatment that can do more harm than good. To be useful, MRIs and other radiological testing must provide reliable results. The results in this study showed that the testing is anything but reliable.