Use of Imaging Studies for Low Back Pain

Percentage of patients 18-50 years of age with a diagnosis of low back pain who did not have an imaging study (plain X- ray, MRI, CT scan) within 28 days of the diagnosis.

 

Measure Steward

National Committee for Quality Assurance

 

Measure Numerator

Patients without an imaging study conducted on the date of the outpatient or emergency department visit or in the 28 days following the outpatient or emergency department visit.

 

Measure Denominator

Patients 18-50 years of age with a diagnosis of low back pain during an outpatient or emergency department visit.