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Changing Strategy: Edging Stable Chest Pain Diagnosis Out of ‘a Primitive Age of Evidence’

Is a new testing strategy evolving for the evaluation of patients with stable chest pain? 

Another Building Block in the Wall: Analysis Suggests Expanded Role for CCTA in Heart Disease Treatment

Analysis Suggests Expanded Role for CCTA in Heart Disease Treatment

Shortage of technetium Tc 99m leads to decrease in cardiac stress testing

The shortage of technetium Tc 99m has led to physicians choosing to use stress echocardiography, computed tomography coronary angiography and positron emission tomography myocardial perfusion imaging instead of single-photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT-MPI), according to a study of Medicare beneficiaries.

Owner, vice president of imaging company sentenced to prison for fraud

Rafael Chikvashvili, the owner of Alpha Diagnostic Services, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on June 15 for healthcare and wire fraud conspiracy that resulted in the deaths of patients and for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of more than $6 million.

CT scans could be just as effective as MRIs when evaluating certain cardiomyopathy conditions

New data published in the journal Radiology suggests that dual-energy cardiac CT scans could be just as good at determining extracellular volume fraction in nonischemic cardiomyopathy (CMP) as MRI scans.

 
Watch List? Comparative Billing Reports Alert Cardiologists to CMS Scrutiny
A year after Medicare issued comparative billing reports detailing transthoracic echocardiography usage, the physicians who received the reports still may have cause for concern.
Time to Get Ahead of the Curve: Clinical Decision Support Mandate Delayed, Not Dead

Medicare’s postponement of the CDS requirement means more time to implement best practices.

Goal Reversal? Study Suggests Echocardiography Could Have an Underuse Problem

ASE says new data may be a “wake-up call” to recognize the value of echocardiography.  

Patients with STEMI undergoing PCI may benefit from ultrasound impulses

During intravenous microbubble infusion, high mechanical index (HMI) impulses from a diagnostic ultrasound transducer helped prevent microvascular obstruction and improved functional outcomes at one-month follow-up in patients with STEMI who underwent PCI.

Survey: What is the status of SPECT at your organization?

Is your organization updating or saying goodbye to SPECT? Take our quick 6 question survey and let us know. Look for results in the September/October issue.

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