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Letter: Are unnecessary, expensive, risky medical tests now routine?

Unnecessary, expensive, risky
medical tests now routine?
I was told today that Oakland’s Carol Ann Reed Breast Center, run by Sutter Health, will not schedule a breast ultrasound without also doing a mammogram, even if the doctor orders an ultrasound only.
A few years ago, I worked near Sonora and the orthopedic group I sent patients to for knee problems would not see a patient unless they had both an X-ray and an MRI of the knee.
Patients are thus being subjected to unnecessary, expensive and potentially dangerous studies as a matter of policy.
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What has become of our system of medical care?
Nayvin Gordon, MD
Oakland
 
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