Consensus on Imaging Pathways: Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas
I would like to introduce our discussion by acknowledging the very timely overall theme of this congress, that of critical diagnostic pathways. Certainly, whether in Europe or the USA, we all hear continuously about the inability or unwillingness of government, private industry, or the trade unions to pay the ever-increasing costs of health care. In the USA we have now entered a new era of prospective payment by the federal government for Medicare patients using the Diagnosis- Related Groups. This system has the effect of transforming the Radiology Department from a profit-making center into a cost center, and unlike any period in the past, from now on performing radiologic services in a hospital may lose money rather than make money. Therefore, the pressures to select efficiently among our various competing radiologic techniques have increased dramatically.
KeywordsNeedle Biopsy Pancreatic Head Choledochal Cyst Cavernous Hemangioma Dilate Bile Duct
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