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diagnostic overkill 


(1) The use of lab testing to confirm an obvious condition which doesn’t require testing, or to exclude a rare–but highly unlikely–diagnosis.

Reference http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/17089732/nondisease-diagnostic-overkill-and-cover-statement

(2) The use of too many and/or overlapping tests which provide virtually no additional diagnostic information–e.g., an MRI of the brain when a prior CT identified an intracranial mass. 

Diagnostic overkill is more common in academic medicine, where tests may be ordered out of curiosity and with relative disregard for cost-efficiency.     

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