Family Medicine pp 1828-1830 | Cite as

Office Radiology

  • Douglas E. Lam

Abstract

Radiographic evaluation, like physical diagnosis and laboratory testing, is a useful and frequently essential tool for helping the family physician clarify diagnostic impressions of a patient’s problems. Readily accessible and reliable x-ray capability enhances a practitioner’s ability to provide efficient, competent, and comprehensive care. A 1980 survey of active office-based family physicians revealed that just over 50% performed x-ray procedures in their own offices.1 A marked variation was noted, however, in practice arrangements, with only 34% of solo practitioners having x-ray equipment compared to 71% and 85% of physicians in family practice and multispecialty groups, respectively. This variation is probably due to the significant investment in space, equipment, supplies, and personnel required for x-ray installation.

Keywords

Family Physician Radiation Scatter Diagnostic Impression Solo Practitioner Multispecialty Group 
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References

  1. 1.
    Division of Research and Information Resources, American Academy of Family Physicians: Profile of Office-Based Practice of Active Academy Members. January 1980.Google Scholar
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    Fisch S: X-rays: The silver mine in your office. Physician’s Management 20: 72–78, 1980.Google Scholar
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    Meschan I: Radiographic Positioning and Related Anatomy, 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Saunders, 1978.Google Scholar
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    Division of Research and Information Resources, American Academy of Family Physicians: Profile of Office-Based Practice of Active Academy Members. Kansas City, MO, AAFP, 1980.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983

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