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Outpatients with lower back pain who had an MRI without trying recommended treatments first


This measures the percentage of patients with lower back pain who had an MRI scan before first receiving recommended treatments, such as physical therapy. Because most patients' lower back pain goes away within a few weeks or after treatments such as physical therapy, treatment guidelines don't recommend MRI scans for most patients. However, under certain conditions, some patients do need an MRI scan first. If this percentage is especially high, it may mean health care providers are performing too many MRI scans for lower back pain.

January 2011 - December 2011 data

For the above graph: Lower ↓ performance is better.

Why is there only one graph?

Because this is a new measure, only a limited amount of data is available. As past data on this measure becomes available, we will add another graph showing our performance over time.

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