How cost effective is the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for evaluating patients with idiopathic olfactory loss?
Background: Olfactory disorders have many etiologies, including post-upper respiratory illness, trauma, toxic exposures, obstruction and congenital issues, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Often, the etiology remains unknown even after extensive testing. Increasing healthcare costs make it important to critically analyze expensive diagnostic techniques such as MRI.
Explore this issue:February 2014
Study design: Retrospective chart review of 839 patients at a tertiary center from July 1998 through October 2011.
Setting: University of Cincinnati Neurosensory Disorders Center.