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Penn Medicine receives federal government approval to develop imaging guidelines

August 2, 2018
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These guidelines will help improve quality of care for patients while making the most efficient use of radiology services. Beginning in January 2020, physicians ordering advanced diagnostic imaging exams; such as CT scans, MRIs, nuclear medicine exams, and PET scans; will be required to consult qualified, evidence-based "appropriate-use criteria" housed in a clinical decision support mechanism. Clinical decision support mechanisms are electronic tools that indicate which tests are appropriate for patients with certain medical conditions or diagnoses.