Too much of a good thing is wonderful? A conceptual analysis of excessive examinations and diagnostic futility in diagnostic radiology.

@article{Hofmann2010TooMO,
  title={Too much of a good thing is wonderful? A conceptual analysis of excessive examinations and diagnostic futility in diagnostic radiology.},
  author={Bj\orn M Hofmann},
  journal={Medicine, health care, and philosophy},
  year={2010},
  volume={13 2},
  pages={139-48}
}
It has been argued extensively that diagnostic services are a general good, but that it is offered in excess. So what is the problem? Is not "too much of a good thing wonderful", to paraphrase Mae West? This article explores such a possibility in the field of radiological services where it is argued that more than 40% of the examinations are excessive. The… CONTINUE READING