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Mayo Radiology

2017

Mayo clinic is a fine medical institution, but like their doctors, somewhat narcisisstic. Mayo wants to do things their way and thinks that they know best.

One place where this causes trouble is Mayo's method of communicating with referring physicians. They send ENCRYPTED radiology CD's back to referring doctors.

They evidently presume on their part, that the referring doctors have no radiology viewing system (this is called a PACS). A PACS allows doctors to store radiology films and compare them across years. For example -- is that aneurysm getting any bigger ? Is that brain tumor growing ? One does this by comparing images across years. Almost nobody gets all of their radiology done at one hospital or medical conglomerate, and because of this, the Mayo policy greatly diminishes the ability of doctors in general to use Mayo information to keep track of their patient's tumors, aneurysms, etc.

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Bottom line --

It is best not to get your radiology done at Mayo. If you have an option of home or Mayo, home is nearly always better.

 

 

 

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