Technique mitigates effects of breathing during PET, data suggest | Study: MR perfusion may have a place in CAD diagnostic toolbox | Bracco's echo agent gains FDA nod
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October 15, 2014
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Technique mitigates effects of breathing during PET, data suggest
A study in the Journal of Physics: Conference Series demonstrates a technique for mitigating the effects of respiratory motion on PET. The approach relies on bioimpedance measurements used with electrocardiogram data to track cardiac function. The study found that when synchronizing images on the basis of bioimpedance, resolution was better and clinical parameters were affected. (free registration) (10/13)
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Study: MR perfusion may have a place in CAD diagnostic toolbox
Myocardial MR perfusion may in some cases be a good option for assessing ischemic coronary artery disease, according to a new meta-analysis. "MR perfusion appears most clinically useful in patients with an intermediate pre-test probability of CAD, as both a positive and negative test can provide a relatively acceptable post-test probability of CAD," the authors wrote. It may be less useful in cases where the patient is likely to undergo invasive procedures anyway, they said. (10/10)
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Medical Focus
Smoking tied to 14 million medical conditions in U.S.
An FDA study linked some 14 million cases of major medical conditions to smoking, an increase from the 12.7 million estimated by the CDC a decade ago. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine said the increase may be due to better survey methods or because people who have smoking-related illnesses are living longer. HealthDay News (10/13), Reuters (10/13)
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EHR use linked to fewer adverse events, data show
Advanced EHR use resulted in a 30% decline in adverse events tied to drug errors and a 25% reduction in complications, according to a new study. The findings, drawn from hospitals and physician practices, were presented at the Workshop on Health IT and Economics. (10/14)
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Regulatory & Policy
Fraction of patient data needs to be structured to meet meaningful use
Data from a WebChartMD study showed that currently, only 7% to 9% of health data in a patient's note needs to be structured in order to meet meaningful use criteria. "This study is especially relevant for physicians frustrated by the negative impact EHRs can have on their patient interactions and their productivity," said WebChartMD CEO Mark Christensen. (10/10)
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In a sea of new delivery models, which is right for your practice?
Falling reimbursements and rising expenses have medical practices considering a variety of new models to improve business operations. Accountable care is one new model gaining attention, but it's not right for all practices, writes Rosemarie Nelson of the Medical Group Management Association Health Care Consulting Group. Whatever approach a practice settles on, however, there's little question that value-based care must be a piece of the puzzle. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/9)
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Nuclear Cardiology Knowledge Self-Assessment Program launches
Four of the eight self-assessment online modules for Continuing Medical Education activity are now available. Each of the 30-multiple-choice-question modules includes an answer rationale and references for further studying. These modules are designed for practitioners who are performing nuclear imaging studies and want to increase their competence for certification, recertification or general practice improvement. More details.
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NEW! ASNC offers MOC Part II module
Maintain your certification by participating in a self-assessment module that consists of nuclear cardiology core competencies. This is a Part II activity designed to provide maintenance of certification credits when you complete the assessment with a passing rate of 70%. This activity has been approved by the American Board of Internal Medicine to award 10 MOC Part II points. Learn more.
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Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."
-- Kahlil Gibran,
Lebanese-American artist, poet and writer
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