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US commercial scanning clinics are closing down

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7486.272-a (Published 03 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:272
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    The trend in the United States for people to pay for whole body computed tomography scans has declined, and once thriving large businesses set up for the purpose are now closing down their operations.

    The growth began in the late 1990s with the creation of hundreds of scanning centres, many of which funded large advertising campaigns aimed directly at the consumer. Thousands of Americans were paying out of their own pockets for the scans, which could cost $1000 (£530; …

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