The Increased Use Of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Essay

912 Words Nov 15th, 2015 4 Pages
The increased use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has contributed to the rising cost of imaging expenses. The availability of technology, the increased demand for patients and doctor, and advanced technology are factors that have contributed to the increase.
Hypothesis: The increased use and availability in MRI imaging has increased the cost in MRI imaging procedures by approximately 33 percent from 2011 to 2013.
In an attempt to identify the connection between increased use of MRI procedures and rise in cost, we will examine the MN 2013 imaging procedure data. Variables of this data include the availability of imaging, imaging procedure cost, and imaging equipment. In viewing the data sets, we can see that there is a rise in data between 2011 and 2013 under the variables we will use. We believe that these variables and data selected will assist us in making a connection between the increased usage of MRI Imaging and rise in procedure cost.
Literature Review The researchers collected data from members of Group Health Cooperative, a non-profit health care system providing care and coverage to Washington State residents. The collected data were from ICD-9 codes, the area of imaging exams, and they type of radiology image. To associate the trend of rising costs, the researchers compared radiology cost per year based on Medicare fee reimbursement schedule. The study result showed radiology imaging procedures increased. “MRI increased 26 percent per year, CT…

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