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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Results of Interventional Radiology Implementation

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  • Studied thyroid gland fine needle aspiration (FNA) services
  • Sensitivity: Pre-intervention: 70.2%; post intervention: 92.3% (P < 0.001)
  • False negative rate: Pre-intervention: 41.8%; post-intervention: 18.2% (P = 0.006)
  • Repeat FNA rate: Pre-intervention: 12.7%; post intervention (with immediate interpretation): 3.7% (P = 0.001)
  • Cost savings $167,000 per 100 patients ($501 million annually)

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