Diagnostic Imaging

Oct 1, 2013 Issue
Ultrasound-Guided Steroid Injections for Shoulder Pain [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Ultrasound-guided glucocorticoid injection for shoulder pain provides no advantage over landmark-guided or intramuscular injection in terms of pain, function, range of motion, or safety when measured within a six-week follow-up period. However, the small sample size of this review means that a clinically significant benefit cannot be ruled out.

Sep 1, 2013 Issue
Potential Harms of Computed Tomography: The Role of Informed Consent [Editorials]

The use of CT imaging has risen dramatically in the past two decades, and there is substantial evidence that it is overused. One concern is that the harms and risks of CT have been underestimated and poorly understood, and are not often discussed with patients. These harms should be balanced with the potential diagnostic benefits.

Sep 1, 2013 Issue
When to Order Contrast-Enhanced CT [Article]

Family physicians often must determine the most appropriate diagnostic tests to order for their patients. It is essential to know the types of contrast agents, their risks, contraindications, and common clinical scenarios in which contrast-enhanced computed tomography is appropriate. Many types of c...

Aug 1, 2013 Issue
Dyspnea in an Older Patient [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

Apr 1, 2013 Issue
Appropriate and Safe Use of Diagnostic Imaging [Article]

Risks of diagnostic imaging include cancer from radiation exposure and nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. The increase in volume of imaging between 1980 and 2006 has led to a sixfold increase in annual per capita radiation exposure. It is predicted that 2 percent of future cancers will be caused by radi...

Nov 15, 2012 Issue
The Use of Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography to Rule Out CAD in the ED [AFP Journal Club]

Is coronary CTA good enough to allow for the safe discharge of low- to intermediate-risk patients with chest pain? Coronary CTA and standard care were equally effective at identifying a low-risk population. The test saved seven hospital hours, but at the expense of radiation exposure, higher costs, and more use of resources.

Jun 1, 2011 Issue
Overuse of Computed Tomography and Associated Risks [Editorials]

CT has substantially advanced medical care through improved diagnosis, but its use comes with potential harms, including cancer risk from radiation; detection of incidental findings that may lead to additional and often unnecessary diagnostic testing and treatment; and accidental radiation overdose....

Apr 15, 2011 Issue
Appropriate Use of MRI for Evaluating Common Musculoskeletal Conditions [Editorials]

In recent years, however, MRI often has been used solely to establish a diagnosis, in many cases before any conservative treatment has been instituted. This practice raises the following questions: Is MRI overused in patients with musculoskeletal conditions? What are the indications for MRI?

Jun 1, 2010 Issue
Radiologic Evaluation of Incidentally Discovered Adrenal Masses [Article]

The increasing use of cross-sectional imaging has led to an increase in the incidental discovery of adrenal masses (adrenal incidentalomas). Although most of these lesions are benign, they often present a diagnostic dilemma. Before creating a management plan, the physician should determine if the ...

Jan 15, 2010 Issue
Cancer Risks Associated with CT Scanning [AFP Journal Club]

Pages: Previous 1 2 3 4 Next

Email Alerts

Don't miss a single issue. Sign up for the free AFP email table of contents.

Sign Up Now