Research Letter Surveys Patients on Potential Harms of Computed Tomography



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Research Letter Surveys Patients on Potential Harms of Computed Tomography


In a research letter, Tanner J. Caverly, M.D., of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, and colleagues report the findings of a survey of patients undergoing outpatient computed tomography (CT) at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center.


Researchers conducted the survey (a total of 271 patients completed the survey) to examine the frequency of discussions about risk with patients before the procedure and how those discussions informed patients about potential harms.


A majority of the respondents (62 percent) believed that the final decision to have a CT was mainly the physicians’. About 35 percent of the respondents said they discussed the potential risks of the test with their health care professional, according to the study results.


“We believe it is problematic when the potential harms of CT are not adequately conveyed,” the study concludes.

(JAMA Intern Med. Published online March 11, 2013. doi:10.1001/.jamainternmed.2013.2903. Available pre-embargo to the media at


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