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  •  Not all scans are frivolous... (3+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, Stude Dude, kfunk937

    My CT scan after months of persistent headaches led to diagnosis of a brain tumor.  And I am alive today as a result.  

    •  this is really the key, isn't it? (0+ / 0-)

      If you can save 1% - 3% of headache sufferers from dying of brain tumors (or the like) is the investment worth it?

      Where do you draw that line?

      •  no, that's not it at all (1+ / 0-)
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        When are the tests warranted for headache?

        They might be considered if you get an abnormal result from a neurological exam or your doctor can’t confidently diagnose your headache based on your symptoms and exam. And call your doctor if you have headaches that are:

        Sudden or explosive.

        Different from other headaches you’ve had in the past, especially if you’re 50 or older.

        Brought on by exertion.

        Accompanied by fever, seizure, vomiting, a loss of coordination, or a change in vision, speech, or alertness.

        http://www.choosingwisely.org/...

        certain things make you get one, including consistent symptoms that don't go away, but it's not for everyone.

        "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

        by Greg Dworkin on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 10:14:02 AM PDT

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        •  Good (0+ / 0-)

          I guess that's where you draw the line then.

          Now how do you get all the other doctors to go along with your diagnoses?

          Or do we need some of that tort reform I keep hearing about.

          ;-)

          •  it's evidence based medicine (0+ / 0-)

            this whole 'choosing wisely' thing (see link) is based on that.

            "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

            by Greg Dworkin on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 07:39:18 PM PDT

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