TORONTO – Doctors may be ordering unnecessary MRI tests for patients feeling lower back pain, a new Canadian study says.
More than half of lower-back MRIs requested in two hospitals – one in Calgary and one in Ottawa – didn’t offer much value to patients, according to the study published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
“It is commonly believed that MRI is overused and this is the first time its use has been rigorously measured,” said Dr. Derek Emery, a neuroradiologist and researcher at the University of Alberta.
“For the lower back, imaging is most often not useful,” Emery told Global News.
Emery and his team collaborated with the universities of Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa in the study.
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