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PHOM Indicator Profile Report of Lower Back Pain with Imaging Procedures

Why Is This Important?

Most cases of low back pain eventually go away without significant medical intervention. The use of imaging procedures in these cases wastes money, needlessly increases exposure to radiation, and can lead to unnecessary surgery. This measure was primarily tabulated to focus further efforts on understanding potential geographic areas of imaging procedure overutilization.

Percentage of Lower Back Pain Claims with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) by Utah Small Area (Overall Map), 2011-2013

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This map shades each Utah Small Area based on whether the proportion of lower back pain claims with MRI studies is statistically above, below, or similar to the state. To view a detailed map of the Wasatch Front please see MRI by Utah Small Area (Wasatch Map) 2011-2013.

Data Source

Utah All Payer Claims Data, Office of Health Care Statistics, Utah Department of Health

Data Notes

The Utah Small Area definitions used for this indicator are identical to those used in IBIS with the following exceptions: # Areas 9 [Roy/Hooper] and 11 [Clearfield/Hill Air Force Base] are combined into Area 96. # Areas 10 [Riverdale] and 12 [Layton] are combined into Area 97. [[br]] A description of the Utah Small Areas may be found on IBIS at the following URL:

Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 11/17/2014

Other Views

The information provided above is from the Department of Health's Center for Health Data IBIS-PH web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Thu, 18 January 2018 4:45:14 from Department of Health, Center for Health Data, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: ".

Content updated: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:48:04 MST