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A 27-year-old female asked:

why is getting radiology so expensive? are the prices inflated to cover the cost of the equipment, or is there a pricy input? is it the radiologist?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shari Jackson
Radiology 21 years experience
Several factors: Advanced imaging equipment is very expensive to purchase, install and maintain (e.g., ct, mri, pet). Part of a charge for a radiology study covers this "technical" component. Technologists who operate the machines are highly skilled and therefore expensive. Finally, a radiologist interprets the images. There is a "professional" component to cover this portion of the exam.
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Some of all: The equipment is crazy expensive, yes. The staffing must be covered. If you are using a hospital's services, patients who can pay help defray losses from those who cannot. And then there is the radiologist's charge to interpret (/read) the studies--to be fair, this is usually the smaller portion of the bills (which usually comes separately).

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Is working in a radiology department longterm unsafe?

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What is the definition or description of: radiology?

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Dr. Daniel Zanger
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A 54-year-old female asked:

Are radiology reports accurate?

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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 47 years experience
Depends: It depends on the quality of the study being read, the skill of the radiologist, information about the patients' condition provided to the radiologist (the history), and other factors including the type of exam that was done. No matter how good the radiologist is, there will be some reports that miss something or come to a conclusion that does not pan out. Nature of the beast.

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