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.
KeywordsFamily Physician Radiation Scatter Diagnostic Impression Solo Practitioner Multispecialty Group
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