Appropriate use of diagnostic imaging in low back pain: a reminder that unnecessary imaging may do as much harm as good.

@article{Flynn2011AppropriateUO,
  title={Appropriate use of diagnostic imaging in low back pain: a reminder that unnecessary imaging may do as much harm as good.},
  author={Timothy W Flynn and Britt M. Smith and Roger Chou},
  journal={The Journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy},
  year={2011},
  volume={41 11},
  pages={
          838-46
        }
}
UNLABELLED The rate of lumbar spine magnetic resonance imaging in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, despite evidence that it is not accompanied by improved patient outcomes. Overutilization of lumbar imaging in individuals with low back pain correlates with, and likely contributes to, a 2- to 3-fold increase in surgical rates over the last 10 years. Furthermore, a patient's knowledge of imaging abnormalities can actually decrease self-perception of health and may lead to fear… 

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