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Janet Wright, MD, FACC

Much attention in recent years has been focused on the growth in imaging volume in the U.S., especially the rise in tests performed in outpatient office settings. While in reality, the rate of imaging volume growth in Medicare has been slowing since 2005 and imaging spending dropped significantly from 2006 to 2007, there are ongoing attempts at both the state and national level to eliminate or severely limit the ability of cardiologists to provide diagnostic imaging services in their offices.