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Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Present Costs and Potential Gains

STEVEN A. SCHROEDER, M.D.
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University of CaliforniaSan Francisco; San Francisco, California


Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(4):551-553. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-102-4-551
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a new diagnostic technique that relies on radio-frequency-induced nuclear resonance to chart physicochemical differences between tissues, rather than using ionizing radiation. This technique is the subject of a recent case study on medical technology by the Office of Technology Assessment (1). As with the previous reports in this series, which has covered such diverse technologies as computed tomographic (CT) scanning, screening for colon cancer, bone marrow transplantation, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, psychotherapy, cimetidine and peptic ulcer disease, and treatment for alcoholism, this report provides a state-of-the-art analysis, including a cost-effectiveness study and a review of the

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