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December 3, 2012
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  • Survey: Some patients do not know radiologists are doctors
    Findings from a survey presented at a radiology meeting showed that only 53.5% of respondents realize radiologists are physicians. The survey also showed 27.7% of respondents think radiologists are not doctors, while 18.8% did not give a guess. Around 80% of those surveyed said they wanted to know who interpret the results of their scans, while 83% said they want access to radiologists' reports. "Radiologists are patients' physicians," said Dr. Peter Miller of the Indiana University School of Medicine. "We must further explore the barriers in our medical system that prevent radiologists from being visible to patients." (free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Focus 
  • Study: Hyperthyroidism linked to higher risk of A-fib
    Individuals with early-stage hyperthyroidism were 30% more likely to develop atrial fibrillation than those with normal thyroid function, researchers from Denmark reported in BMJ. They noted that the likelihood of atrial fibrillation was lower among hypothyroidism patients compared with those with normal thyroid function. HealthDay News (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Digoxin raises mortality risk in A-fib patients, study finds
    Atrial fibrillation patients who took digoxin had a 41% higher risk of death from all causes than those who didn't take the drug, according to a study of more than 4,000 patients. In addition, digoxin users were 35% more likely to die from cardiovascular causes and 61% more likely to die from arrhythmias than non-users. The findings were published online in the European Heart Journal. HealthDay News (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Group recommends repository for conflict-of-interest filings
    Representatives of the NIH, FDA, CMS, Pew Charitable Trusts, Cleveland Clinic, Consumers Union, The New England Journal of Medicine and other institutions and associations proposed creating a nonprofit repository for conflict-of-interest disclosures. "A coherent, uniform system will not only reduce the time spent by researchers on administrative tasks, but will very likely improve the accuracy and clarity of disclosure reporting," said Dr. Allen Lichter, lead author of the discussion paper, published by the Institutes of Medicine. Blog (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Temporary supply shortage for Adenoscan┬« (adenosine injection)
    There is currently a temporary supply shortage for Adenoscan® (adenosine injection), which is produced by Astellas Pharma. This situation is expected to be resolved by the first quarter of 2013. Astellas is not withdrawing or recalling Adenoscan from the market. This shortage is due to unanticipated demand. Please contact the Astellas Medical Communications Department at 800-727-7003 if you have any medical questions. Your distributor may still have product available -- please contact your supplier for updated information. While this shortage exists, regadenoson or dipyridamole may be considered as alternative agents. For usage information, please view ASNC's Imaging Guidelines for Stress Protocols. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consider giving the gift of ASNC membership!
    As you know, technologists, early-career physicians and other imaging professionals play a critical role in delivering high-quality, patient-centered care. ASNC recognizes that membership dues often are not covered by their employers. When you renew your membership, consider giving the gift of membership to those who help you deliver the best care to patients. As you may know, many of the ASNC guidelines and appropriate use criteria will be revised this year. Giving the gift of membership ensures that the imaging professionals in your practice will have the most up-to-date standards of care in nuclear cardiology -- it confirms your commitment to Appropriate Use standards. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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