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Medical imaging, and its critical role in disease prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, has changed the face of health care delivery. When patients have access to and receive the right scan at the right time, outcomes improve and costs are reduced.

It’s no wonder the New England Journal of Medicine proclaimed medical imaging as one of the top “developments that changed the face of clinical medicine” during the last millennium.

Find out how imaging has improved health care in the following ways – through early diagnosis, less invasive procedures, cost savings and better treatment – by clicking the links below.

  • Early Diagnosis

    Advances in medical imaging have improved disease screening and diagnosis for a range of acute and chronic conditions. From disease screenings to early diagnosis, without imaging, many of these conditions would otherwise go unseen until they reach a much more severe and often life-threatening stage.
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  • Less Invasive

    Over the past few decades medical imaging has dramatically reduced reliance on exploratory surgery nearly making the term obsolete. Using physician-developed appropriateness guidelines, doctors use diagnostic imaging to make or alter therapeutic treatment decisions - leading to reduced costs, shorter hospital stays and fewer surgeries.
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  • Cost Savings

    When patients have access to and receive the right scan at the right time, costs are reduced and workers are healthier and more productive. Such savings are often apparent, as when medical imaging replaces surgery, avoids a trip to the catheter lab and reduces hospital stays. Other times, savings are harder to see, as when imaging facilitates disease prevention and early detection and diagnosis, allowing a patients to stay healthy, recover faster, and return to work and their family more quickly.
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  • Better Treatment

    The right scan at the right time improves health outcomes. Peer-reviewed data demonstrates that timely access to imaging allows physicians to more accurately identify and treat diseases and care for their patients. By reducing the need for invasive procedures and allowing physicians to look inside the body to detect disease, imaging improves treatment of many conditions.
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