Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scans for Asymptomatic Patients: Role in Medical Screening

By Ricardo J. Komotar, MD; Robert M. Starke, BS; AND E. Sander Connolly, MD | Mayo Clinic Proceedings | Accessed at | May 3, 2008

The authors describe using MRIs to screen patients for diseases of the brain. They say, “The current trend in medicine toward prevention and early diagnosis will continue to improve medical practice. Discovering underlying pathology before overt manifestations has been emphasized to improve cost-effectiveness and reduce morbidity and mortality. Yet for a screening program to be of value to society, it must be applied in the proper context.”

For the full report, click here. A 1984 OTA report on “Medical Technology and Costs of the Medicare Program” is listed among the references.