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New Diagnostic Tests: Breakthrough Approaches or Expensive Add-ons?

Richard A. Deyo, MD, MPH; and Jeffrey J. Jarvik, MD, MPH
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From University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98103.

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Requests for Single Reprints: Richard A. Deyo, MD, MPH, Center for Cost and Outcomes Research, 146 North Canal Street, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98103.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Deyo and Jarvik: Center for Cost and Outcomes Research, 146 North Canal Street, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98103.

Ann Intern Med. 2003;139(11):950-951. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-139-11-200312020-00014
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New diagnostic tests are seductive for physicians and patients alike. More information can only be better. Many tests are noninvasive, and it seems that no harm can come from them. With insurance, costs seem secondary. The growth of direct-to-consumer sales of imaging procedures attests to the allure of diagnostic testing in the public mind. Physicians and hospitals often find new diagnostic technologies attractive because of expected financial return.

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