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Dizzying Savings

Date: October 1, 2013

Dizzying Savings

That’s the amount that could be saved immediately in the U.S. if ER physicians stopped the routine and excessive use of head CT scans to search for stroke in dizzy patients, according to a report by Hopkins researchers that appeared in the July issue of Academic Emergency Medicine.

“We need our emergency physicians to be able to confidently identify patients with benign ear conditions who can be safely treated and sent home, without imaging,” said Hopkins study leader David Newman-Toker. “Accurately and efficiently separating inner-ear patients from the other dizzy patients who probably have strokes will save lives
and money.”