Clinical assessment of MR of the brain in nonsurgical inpatients AMERICAN JOURNAL OF NEURORADIOLOGY Hirsch, J. A., Langlotz, C. P., Lee, J., Tanio, C. P., Grossman, R. I., Schulman, K. A. 1996; 17 (7): 1245-1253


To evaluate the effect of MR imaging of the brain on four domains of patient care: diagnosis, diagnostic workup, therapy, and prognosis.Pre- and post-MR written questionnaires and oral interviews were administered to the referring clinicians of 103 medical and neurologic inpatients at a tertiary care institution. Additional information was obtained from radiologic reports and records.The study population had a diverse array of signs and symptoms and of presumptive clinical diagnoses, reflecting the breadth of disease seen at our institution. The vast majority of physicians (89%) reported that MR imaging added significant diagnostic information, playing an important role in guiding diagnostic workup (24%), planning treatment (34%), and estimating prognosis (47%). MR imaging was significantly more likely to decrease than to increase confidence in the presumptive clinical diagnosis. Thus, MR imaging may be most useful in the setting of diagnostic uncertainty.Our results show that MR imaging of the brain has important effects on each of the four domains of care for medical inpatients.

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