Good or Useless, Medical Scans Cost the Same

Mar 1, 2009

By GINA KOLATA

New York Times

Gail Kislevitz of Ridgewood, N.J., had an operation on her knee after an M.R.I. scan came back "uninterpretable." She learned later the cartilage had not been torn.

When Gail Kislevitz had an M.R.I. scan of her knee, it came back blurry, "uninterpretable," her orthopedist told her.

A poor-quality scan of a ligament, left, and one of high quality. Many scans are done by machines that are a decade old.