Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Long on Radiology

Kevin, M.D. has had a few posts recently about CT Colonoscopy, including this one entitled "Colonscopy turf wars":
What if Medicare decides to cover "virtual", or CT, colonoscopies? Well, it's going to be ugly.

Colonoscopies are the primary reason why GI physician salaries are so high. They're going to do all they can to justify continuing to perform endoscopic colonoscopies.

It's a similar situation with CT-angiograms and the cardiologists.

If physician specialties were stocks, I'd go long in radiology.

Sweet! I'm going long on radiology too! About 40 years long... hmm. Heh, well, the radiologist salaries are enough to keep me motivated, I guess.

In reality, I think radiologists aren't necessarily in the clear on this. Like cardiology, one can see gastroenterologists eventually co-opting the reading of such studies with the justification that if something is found, they would be the ones who would have to go in and scope the patient anyway to find a tissue. The turf wars shall continue...

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