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Old 11-07-2012, 09:35 AM   #11
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Human nature is also obvious and there are many incentives in a Fee for Service world to connect the dots in a patient sitting in your office with symptoms and an abnormal scan to perform a highly compensated procedure like back surgery, even if the findings of the scan are moderately abnormal (not severely so). Perhaps you missed the word: "substantial" in the citation.

And yes these findings are "long known", since the first studies are from the early 90's.
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