It’s all too easy to reduce medicine to facts, practices
to technology. Patients need to be consulted when it comes to
making decisions involving the use of CT, according to a recent
emergency room survey, even when time is in short supply and the
answers seem obvious.
A study published in the November issue of
the American Journal of Roentgenology finds that patients
widely accept that CT is the way to go when answering questions
that arise in the emergency room. They also accept that the use of
this x-ray–based modality is more important than any
associated risk of radiation exposure. What many patients
don’t accept is being cut out of the decision loop.