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Preventative, elective care plummet nationwide amid pandemic, including drops in mammography, MRI

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Preventative, elective care plummet nationwide amid pandemic, including drops in mammography, MRI

 

The use of preventative and elective care services—including MRI and mammography—plummeted nationwide during the first two months of the pandemic, according to a new study released Thursday.

Americans’ telehealth use skyrocketed during March and April, but it only replaced about 40% of the decline in medical office visits. That included a roughly 67% drop in mammograms among women ages 46-64 compared to the same time last year, and a 45% dip in MRI, RAND Corp. researchers reported. 

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