Wanted to open this one up for discussion since it's been bothering me a bit.
I'm lucky to be in an area where there are many many choices for places to go for tests like MRI, CT etc. Big places and small places. State of the art equipment.
My concern is about going to the same place for repeat of tests. When I was first injured I went to a stand-up MRI place that my orthopedist likes. I'll admit that I don't like closed spaces so this is a great relief for me. Then 6 months later I went for a second opinion and the doc poo-pooed the stand-up quality so I went to the only place that she uses. I've been back to them for a second round of tests post-op and am scheduled in about 3 weeks to go again.
I can understand the benefit of having a series of tests for the radiologist to look at. However does anyone else feel that maybe something is missing? I wonder sometimes if they copy what they wrote before or guide their findings to cover their butts if they were wrong before.
So often the doctors just zip through the report and don't really study the films. With these tests being so common and the equipment so expensive I really have to wonder about the quality of the radiologists work. How many people have been asked to come back to re-do a section because it wasn't clear? Could we all really be that perfect at staying still?
I'd love to know how others feel about this and what you have done about it?