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Researchers have used PET/CT imaging to link stress-related amygdala activation in the brain with arterial inflammation and an increased risk of eventual cardiovascular disease events, according to results of a study presented today at ACC.16 in Chicago.

 

 

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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.  

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.

Budoff wins SCCT’s 2016 gold medal award

The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announced that Matthew J. Budoff, MD, had won its 2016 Gold Medal Award.

ACC.16: PET/CT study links stress to heightened risk of cardiovascular disease

Researchers have used PET/CT imaging to link stress-related amygdala activation in the brain with arterial inflammation and an increased risk of eventual cardiovascular disease events, according to results of a study presented today at ACC.16 in Chicago.

AHRQ releases comparative effectiveness review of noninvasive testing for coronary artery disease

A systematic comparative effectiveness review of noninvasive testing for coronary artery disease found there was no significant difference in MI or all-cause mortality between testing strategies across settings and pretest risk groups. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) conducted the review and released the report on March 29.

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