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Table 3 Median score (interquartile range) for weighting the importance of different factors when referring for imaging: 1 = very important, 6 = not important

From: Clinicians’ justification of imaging: do radiation issues play a role?

  Radiation dose Patient’s wish Impact of imaging on diagnosis Impact of imaging on treatment Impact of imaging on future health
General practitioners (n = 77) 3.0 (2.0) 4.0 (3.0) 1.0 (1.0) 1.0 (0.0) 1.0 (1.0)
Hospital physicians (n = 70) 3.0 (1.0) 4.0 (2.0) 1.0 (1.0) 1.0 (0.0) 1.0 (1.0)
Non-physicians (n = 65) 2.0 (2.0) 5.0 (1.0) 1.0 (1.0) 1.0 (1.0) 1.0 (1.0)
Total (n = 212) 2.5 (1.0) 4.0 (2.0) 1.0 (1.0) 1.0 (0.0) 1.0 (1.0)