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February 25, 2013
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  • Choosing Wisely: Societies list more tests and meds to question
    Seventeen additional medical societies contributed recommendations as part of a broad update to the Choosing Wisely campaign to reduce unneeded medical treatments. ASNC is one of the original member societies supporting the campaign. Although not selected specifically with costs in mind, the guidelines offer significant opportunity to cut spending, experts say. One 300,000-patient practice determined that simply by eliminating unnecessary bone scans and electrocardiograms, billing would be cut by $1 million annually. Extrapolated nationwide, that would mean $1 billion in savings. (2/21), National Public Radio/Shots blog (2/22), MedPage Today (free registration) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some patients with pacemakers can get MRI using Mayo protocol
    Three-quarters of people who have a pacemaker will at some point need an MRI, and most of them do not have MRI-conditional pacemakers. A new protocol being used at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona allows these patients to undergo MRI with real-time electrocardiogram monitoring. "In our first round of analysis of about 50 highly selective patients, none of the pacemakers had any significant issues, but more importantly, in almost all of these patients the MRI findings led to a new diagnosis or a new treatment that would not have been previously offered to the patients," said Dr. Win-Kuang Shen. Newswise/News release (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fetal heart development takes longer than previously thought
    The heart's four chambers are evident in the eighth week of pregnancy, but the heart lacks fully organized muscle tissue until the 20th week, according to a U.K. study in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface Focus. Since a fetal heartbeat begins at about 22 days of pregnancy, researchers said the findings were surprising. HealthDay News (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New opportunity for ASNC technologist members! Accepted abstracts brings free registration!
    New this year for ASNC Technologist members: If your abstract has been accepted and if you are the Presenting Author, then you can attend ASNC2013 for free! This is a new opportunity for technologist members, and ASNC encourages its technologists to participate! All abstracts should be submitted by April 4. ASNC2013 is being held in Chicago this year, Sept. 26-29, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dates for local learning announced!
    ASNC is pleased to announce the dates for three local learning initiatives in 2013: April 9 in Providence, R.I.; Aug. 20 in Kansas City, Mo.; and Oct. 17 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mark your calendars! Local needs and concerns will drive the agenda while the focus will be on quality improvement. Fellows, physicians, technologists and nurses — the whole care team — are welcome to attend these evening events (each event will run from 6 to 9 p.m.). CME/ACE credits will be provided. Registration is now open for the Providence program in April! Click here to register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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