Neiman Institute Proposes Classification System for Repeat Medical Imaging

The Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute has proposed a classification system to help researchers and providers evaluate repeat medical imaging and develop evidence-based guidelines to reduce unnecessary duplication in a new report.

In the report, "Repeat Medical Imaging: A Classification System for Meaningful Policy Analysis and Research," the Neiman Institute defines repeat imaging as "medical imaging of the same anatomic site within a test- or condition-specific time interval." A challenge of studying repeat medical imaging is that the term can describe both appropriate and potentially inappropriate care, according to the report.

Under the classification system, repeat medical imaging is categorized into four general areas: supplementary imaging, duplicative imaging, follow-up imaging and unrelated imaging. The categories are further divided based on the clinical context of repeat imaging.

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