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Inpatient echocardiography is on the rise and, with it, questions about potential overutilization. A new study suggests that, on the contrary, during critical cardiovascular hospitalizations, echo may not get tapped enough.

 

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Contrary to popular perception, inpatient echo may not be used enough

Inpatient echocardiography is on the rise and, with it, questions about potential overutilization. A new study suggests that, on the contrary, during critical cardiovascular hospitalizations, echo may not get tapped enough.

Imaging obesity: New study links heart failure to fatty liver disease

Obese individuals with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) have higher instances of cardiovascular disease and heart failure, according to results of a study published online Jan. 26 in the journal Radiology.

ACC, ACR release imaging guidelines for ED patients with chest pain

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American College of Radiology (ACR) released guidelines on Jan. 22 regarding the appropriate use of imaging for patients who come to the emergency department with chest pain.

Delayed Launch: CMS Postpones AUC Program for Diagnostic Imaging

Appropriate use criteria (AUC) have been identified as a tool to reduce “inappropriate” imaging tests without intruding on the physician–patient relationship.  

Quality improvement interventions may reduce inappropriate cardiac imaging

A systematic review of seven studies found that quality improvement initiatives helped reduce inappropriate cardiac imaging. The most successful interventions featured physician audit and feedback capabilities.

Stroke Imaging Breaks the Speed Barrier

Endovascular treatment has emerged as the best thing since intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV t-PA) for acute ischemic stroke after five recent studies showed positive outcomes. Stent retrievers starred in the trials, with imaging playing a critical supporting role. But in clinical practice, which neuroimaging method best identifies likely beneficiaries is up for debate.

Cardiac MRI shows men’s and women’s hearts age differently

A longitudinal, observational study of patients without cardiovascular disease at baseline found that the mass and volume of the left ventricle differs between men and women as they get older. The results were based on cardiac MRI taken at baseline and during a follow-up visit.

TCT.15: Fractional flow reserve estimated using CT reduces costs and resource utilization at 90 days

For patients with chest pain and no known coronary artery disease, an evaluation strategy based on fractional flow reserve estimated using CT (FFRCT) led to reduced costs within 90 days and less resource utilization compared with an invasive coronary angiography evaluation strategy.

ASNC urges delay of the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria program

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) and 15 other national organizations sent a letter to Congressional committees asking them to delay the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) program for advanced diagnostic testing.

The Search for Vulnerable Plaque: Mission Accomplished?

The hunt for vulnerable plaque has been the holy grail of cardiology for years.

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