Study lends support to dynamic cardiac SPECT | UltraSPECT inks software deal with Absolute Imaging Solutions | Japanese firm unveils 2 advanced imaging monitors
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September 10, 2014
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Study lends support to dynamic cardiac SPECT
Measuring myocardial blood flow and myocardial flow reserve at rest and at stress using multipinhole-dedicated cardiac SPECT with common perfusion imaging agents is feasible, according to data from an animal study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The researchers argue the approach is suitable for human studies, provided its clinical utility is validated. (9/8)
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UltraSPECT inks software deal with Absolute Imaging Solutions
UltraSPECT and Absolute Imaging Solutions have extended their nuclear medicine agreement by pairing UltraSPECT's Xpress3.Cardiac software for nuclear medicine image reconstruction with the Mediso cardiac SPECT gamma camera from AIS. The software allows for lower radiation dose while maintaining image quality. (free registration) (9/8)
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Medical Focus
Monitoring of plaque characteristics informs risk management, study finds
Three-dimensional ultrasound proved a better predictor of vascular risk than Framingham scores alone, according to a paper published in Stroke. Evaluating the size, shape and consistency of plaques as well as change over time via 3D ultrasound enabled clinicians to better understand flow patterns and stratify risk of cardiovascular events. The authors recommend routine use of the approach to help optimize medications in high-risk patients. (9/8)
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Statins may reduce cardiovascular risk in familial hypercholesterolemia
Among youths with familial hypercholesterolemia, the use of the statin drug pravastatin was associated with reduced odds of premature atherosclerosis, according to a Dutch study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Earlier start of the treatment yielded better results, researchers said. HealthDay News (9/9)
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Regulatory & Policy
Open Payments deadline for error reporting extended
The CMS has moved the Open Payments system deadline for error review submissions to midnight Thursday. Hospitals and doctors may raise concerns after that date, but only disputes presented by the deadline will be noted in the system when it goes public at the end of the month. Healio (free registration)/Psychiatric Annals (9/9)
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CMS to host call on averting pay cuts related to quality programs
The CMS will conduct a call to inform eligible professionals and group practices of ways to avoid negative payment adjustments under the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System, meet EHR Incentive Program quality measures and prevent pay cuts under the 2016 Value-Based Modifier program. The call will be held Sept. 17. Health Industry Washington Watch blog (9/5)
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Board completes model guidelines for telehealth licensing
The Federation of State Medical Boards has developed model interstate licensing guidelines to streamline the approval process to allow physicians to provide telehealth services and remote care across state lines. "State legislatures and medical boards can now begin to consider the adoption of this model legislation establishing an interstate medical licensure compact," said FSMB President and CEO Dr. Humayun Chaudhry. EHR Intelligence (9/8)
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ASNC2014: Earn MOC points
ASNC is excited to announce that ASNC2014 attendees have an opportunity to earn "Maintenance of Certification" (MOC) points. Offered will be a 10 MOC point session -- 2014 Update in Cardiovascular Disease module from the American Board of Internal Medicine. ASNC has also developed a nuclear cardiology specific module (2014 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology MOC Module 1) that has been submitted to ABIM for approval for an additional 10 MOC points. Learn more and register.
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