The growth of advanced diagnostic imaging services provided to Medicare beneficiaries in the office setting, such as CT and MRI, continues to decline. Though the use of these imaging services grew rapidly during the decade starting in 2000, the rate of growth has declined in recent years. 

The use of MRI in Medicare, in particular, slowed from an annual growth rate of 14 percent during 2000 through 2005 to an average of 2.6 percent per year from 2006 through 2009. In addition, the number of CT services per 1,000 fee-for-service beneficiaries declined by 9 percent between 2009 and 2010, 4 percent between 2010 and 2011, and 9 percent between 2011 and 2012.

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