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July 2, 2012
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  • Noninvasive heart tests could help avoid invasive procedures
    Use of noninvasive imaging, including SPECT and PET, can help avoid the use of unnecessary invasive tests, such as coronary angiography, in patients with chest pain, according to initial results from the Evaluation of Integrated Cardiac Imaging study. "In general, about 70% of the time, the noninvasive test gave the same result as the angiography, so invasive procedures could be avoided," said researcher Dr. Jose Zamorano from the University Hospital Ramón y Cajal in Spain. According to researchers, about 25% of patients who had chest pain had heart disease, lower than the expected 60%. (Montreal) (free registration) (6/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Jobs outlook bright for nuclear medicine technologists
    A Georgetown University report predicting 5.6 million new health care jobs in the next eight years has particularly good news for diagnostic and surgical technologists, including those specializing in nuclear medicine. "Technology is particularly important in the fields of cardiovascular surgery, radiology and nuclear medicine ... As technology continues to change and diagnostic techniques become more complex, it's likely that the education requirements for these jobs will also increase," the researchers wrote. (6/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Focus 
  • Medtech firms may face additional costs in wake of ACA ruling
    A Kalorama Information report says the medtech industry could face additional financial burdens as a result of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, which includes the 2.3% medical device tax set to begin next year. Johnson & Johnson said the tax could cost it as much as $250 million, while Teleflex could pay $15 million. Healthcare IT News (6/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts assess the state of in-development radiation drugs
    The FDA launched its medical countermeasures program in 2010 to address growing concerns about radiation exposure, but success is still far off. None of the 30 licensed drugs and clinical-stage candidates for radiation syndromes is far advanced, according to the NIH. Federal agencies encourage repurposing currently used drugs for treatment of acute radiation syndrome. The NIH plans to broaden efforts to encourage more small and large drug companies to focus on radiation drugs. Chemical & Engineering News (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory & Policy 
  • ACA ruling will have nominal impact on imaging, expert says
    A Supreme Court ruling that upheld the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is not likely to significantly affect imaging, said attorney W. Kenneth Davis Jr. "I don't think [the pressure on imaging is] necessarily going to become more acute unless some of the purported cost savings created by [the act] go away, in which case there may be heightened pressure to find additional savings from various forces," Davis said. The imaging industry must still face the issue with Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula, he added. (free registration) (6/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Effect of health care ruling on providers
    The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act will have significant effects on a variety of groups, including individuals who are uninsured, people with pre-existing conditions and small businesses. For health care providers, the ruling will allow physicians and hospitals to continue to transition from the conventional fee-for-service approach to more efficient health care models, according to a Reuters analysis. The ruling also lets doctors avoid the confusion that would have accompanied the rejection of the health care law, said Bob Doherty of the American College of Physicians. Reuters (6/28), CNN (6/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ASNC Partners with CardioSmart
    An article recently added to ACC's CardioSmart, "Radiation Safety in Heart Imaging Tests," is the first in a series of articles created by the ACC in collaboration with ASNC. CardioSmart, a patient-focused site, provides information on the prevention, treatment and management of cardiovascular disease. ASNC continues to educate the medical community, policy makers and patients through research, education, advocacy and alliances and is excited to join ACC in this new endeavor. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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