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BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 08 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3663

Demand and doctors’ uncertainty are behind burgeoning use of radiography: Demand from patients and reassurance for doctors are major factors in the rising use of clinical radiography, finds a poll of 374 radiologists in Norway (BMC Health Services Research 2009;9:155 doi:10.1186/1472-6963-9-155). Other factors are availability of services and the expanding medical possibilities of its use. The authors say that a large number of unnecessary investigations result from doctors’ uncertainty and that doctors should get more advice to help them decide when radiography is appropriate.

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