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Use of Medical Imaging

These measures give you information about hospital's use of medical imaging tests (like mammograms, MRIs, and CT scans) for outpatients based on the following:

  • Protecting patients' safety, like keeping patients' exposure to radiation and other risks as low as possible.
  • Following up properly when screening tests like mammogram show a possible problem; and
  • Avoiding the risk, stress, and cost of doing imaging tests that patients may not need.

The information shown is limited to medical imaging facilities that are part of a hospital or associated with a hospital.  This information only includes medical imaging done on outpatients.  It doesn't include medical imaging tests done for patients who have been admitted to the hospital as inpatients.  These measures are based on Medicare claims data.

Data shown below for Carle Richland Memorial Hospital is from the most recent update of CMS Hospital Compare / Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

Medical Imaging Measure Our Performance Illinois Av. U.S. Av. Notes:
Outpatients with low back pain who had an MRI without trying recommended treatments first, such as physical therapy. (Lower percentages are better.) Not avail. 39.5% 39.8% Too few cases.
Outpatients who had a follow-up mammogram, ultrasound or MRI of the breast within 45 days after a screening mammogram.  (A follow up rate near zero may indicated missed cancer; a rate higher than 14% may mean there is unnecessary follow-up.)  4.9% 8.2% 8.8%
Outpatient CT scans of the chest that were "combination" double scans. (Lower percentages are better.) 1.5% 1.8% 1.8%
Outpatient CT scans of the abdomen that were "combination" double scans. (Lower percentages are better.) 6.3% 7.1% 7.8%
Outpatients who got cardiac imaging stress tests before low-risk outpatient surgery. (Lower percentages are better.) 5.3% 4.7% 4.8%
Outpatients with brain CT scans who got sinus CT scans at the same time.  (Lower percentages are better.) 0.6% 1.5% 1.6%