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Do you really need all those diagnostic tests?

Due to inadequate regulations and low awareness, doctors often make patients take unnecessary tests

Nikita Puri 

A few months ago, when US-based Meera Goswami (name changed) came down to Bengaluru for a holiday, persistent neck-ache made her see a doctor. When it didn’t improve in the next few days, she was asked by her doctor to do an ultrasound scan. The scan showed a tiny nodule in the thyroid gland, and the doctor suggested inserting a needle to check what it was. When Goswami was told this nodule could be “suspicious for cancer”, she approached Vishal Rao, the head and neck surgeon at HealthCare Global Cancer Center.  From neck pain (owing to her lifestyle) to ...

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 23:01 IST
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