These outpatient imaging efficiency measures give you information about hospitals’ use of medical imaging tests (like mammograms, MRIs, and CT scans) for outpatients based on the following goals:
1. Protecting patients’ safety (like keeping patients’ exposure to radiation and other risks as low as possible);
2. Following up properly when screening tests like mammograms show a possible problem; and,
3. Avoiding the risk, stress, and cost of doing imaging tests that patients may not need.
Tristate Memorial, Washington State, and National Averages
|Tri-State Hospital Data||Tri-State||Comparative Results- WA State AverageWA||Comparative Results- National AverageUS|
|Outpatients with low-back pain who had an MRI without trying recommended treatments (such as physical therapy) first (Lower percentages are better)||59.60%||38.60%||38.70%|
|Outpatients who had a follow-up mammogram, breast ultrasound, or breast MRI within the 45 days after a screening mammogram (A follow-up rate near 0% may indicate missed cancer; a rate higer than 12% may mean there isunnecessary follow-up)||6.60%||8.10%||8.90%|
|Outpatient CT scans of the abdomen that were “combination” (double) scans (Lower percentages are better)||8.80%||5.50%||6.90%|
|Outpatient CT scans of the chest that were “combination” (double) scans (Lower percentages are better)||0.00%||0.40%||1.40%|
*Data available on the Hospital Compare website is 9-12 months old. In an effort to keep you informed and reflect Tri-State’s current performance – we are posting the most recent quarter’s results.