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Effects of Fully Accessible MRI in the ED

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Having fully accessible MRI in the ED appears to substantially increase MRI use and improve patient outcomes, according to a single-site study. After MRI became fully accessible available, MRI use in the ED increased by 38.4% for rule-out stroke and 51.4% for neurology consult patients. Patients who received MRI in the ED had longer ED lengths of stay but were less likely to be admitted for rule-out stroke and had shorter hospital lengths of stay when they were admitted.

Source: Academic Emergency Medicine, June 2015.

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