While PET/CT is commonly and very successfully used for the staging and follow-up of cancers, researchers are seeking ways to make the modality more sensitive and specific by using targeted radiotracers and refining scanning techniques.
Last year, the SNM received a $48,000 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop comparative-effectiveness research (CER) of PET and other molecular imaging techniques. The primary emphasis is on the diagnosis and management of cancer patients, but both cardiology and neurology questions are being addressed. Far beyond the dollars, too, is a significant increase in intellectual capital being expended across the globe on the role of CER in molecular imaging.
In stroke care, the mantra is time is brain. Similarly, time is of the essence in x-ray imaging. The more time spent waiting for an x-ray image, the more chance there is for a bottleneck in patient flow, which can lead to revenue loss, patient dissatisfaction, longer report turn-around times and suboptimal images. The latest generation of wireless digital radiography (DR) technology provides the efficiency, flexibility and clinical applications radiology departments need.
Many areas in medicine have received a lot of attention regarding their quality of care in terms of provider and facility performance. These include how sites and providers maintain proper hemoglobin A1c levels, as well as how they reduce cath lab complications and heart failure readmissions. However, data regarding the performance of anticoagulation management is scarce.
Advanced electrophysiology (EP) technology is a key component in improving patient care and physician productivity. Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, Texas, has implemented the Sensei X Robotic Catheter System in advancing a Center of Excellence. Sponsored by an educational grant from Hansen Medical.
Registries and ongoing research have broadened our understanding of abnormal heart rhythms. Today, much more is known about the etiology of arrhythmias, as well as options for best therapies. Cardiovascular Business spoke with the incoming and outgoing presidents of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) about advances in our knowledge of these disease states.
On March 10, the American College of Cardiology (ACC), along with more than 130 U.S. medical organizations and societies, sent letters to the House of Representatives and the Senate urging lawmakers to replace the flawed sustainable growth formula (SGR) with a workable system that keeps pace with practice costs and ensures high-quality care.
Stratifying cardiac disease risk is evolving along with the advancements in imaging technology, which help risk stratification become more highly individualized, taking us further toward personalized medicine.
In 1625, an Italian physician measured body temperature by applying a numerical scale to his thermoscope. From that primitive thermometer to todays highly sophisticated surgical, portable and wireless telemetry monitors, patient surveillance has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry. But the technology is only as good as the professionals who respond to them.