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Due to the cost unnecessary hip MRIs places on the patient population, referring physicians should not simultaneously order a radiograph and an MRI for hip pain, according to researchers.

To identify the number of new patients with hip osteoarthritis who had an unnecessary MRI, the additional costs of these MRIs and the extrapolated cost to the United States health care system during the next 10 years, researchers prospectively evaluated every patient referred to their institution during a 36-month period.

Source: Healio

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