Whether it’s an MRI for back pain or a CT scan after someone has fainted, doctors often order procedures for patients that they don’t need. A coalition of nine physician specialty groups has now released a list of those medical tests and procedures, saying they are likely a waste of time and money.
Called the Choosing Wisely campaign, the list — or group of lists, actually, as one was created by each specialty — was developed to help doctors and patients make better decisions about their healthcare and avoid 45 tests that are unnecessary.
As reported in the New York Times, the lists are an, “… unusually frank acknowledgment by physicians that many profitable tests and procedures are performed unnecessarily and may harm patients.” Why allow you or your children to undergo a CT scan or MRI that will increase radiation exposure when there are other tests that work just as well?
We took a look at the lists and below we share seven tests you and your children probably don’t need when it comes to everything from low back pain to headaches to asthma and more.