Medical Imaging Quality Data

Medical Imaging Quality Data

Below is the most current data available from HospitalCompare through December 31, 2011

These measures give you information about Southwest Memorial Hospital’s use of medical imaging tests for outpatients based on the following:

  • Protecting patients’ safety, such as keeping patients’ exposure to radiation and other risks as low as possible.
  • Following up properly when screening tests such as mammograms show a possible problem.
  • Avoiding the risk, stress, and cost of doing imaging tests that patients may not need.

Note: Categories marked as “Not Available” are because either the service is not performed at the hospital, the number of cases is too small to meet data threshold, or the data is not available to report at the hospital.

Measure Description SOUTHWEST MEMORIAL HOSPITAL COLORADO AVERAGE NATIONAL AVERAGE
Outpatients with low back pain who had an MRI without trying recommended treatments first, such as physical therapy. (If a number is high, it may mean the facility is doing too many unnecessary MRIs for low back pain.) [lower percentages are better] 42.9% 38.8% 36.5%
Outpatients who had a follow-up mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI within 45 days after a screening mammogram. (A follow-up rate near zero may indicate missed cancer; a rate higher than 14% may mean there is unnecessary follow-up.) 11.3% 9.5% 8.8%
Outpatient CT scans of the chest that were “combination” (double) scans. (If a number is high, it may mean too many patients are being given a double scan when a single scan is all they need.) [lower percentages are better] 0.0% 3.5% 3.7%
Outpatient CT scans of the abdomen that were “combination” (double) scans. (If a number is high, it may mean too many patients are being given a double scan when a single scan is all they need.) [lower percentages are better] 3.0% 10.9% 12.7%
Outpatients who got cardiac imaging stress tests before low-risk outpatient surgery. [Lower percentages are better] 5.5% 4.9% 5.5%
Outpatients with brain CT scans who got a sinus CT scan at the same time. [Lower percentages are better] Not Available 2.1% 2.8%