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February 4, 2013
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  • Study: Most older patients have stress test, angio after PCI
    Noninvasive stress testing and invasive coronary angiography were performed on almost 60% of older patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention, according to a study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging. The results indicate there may be ways to improve the identification of patients who may benefit from these tests after PCI, researchers said. "During the time period studied, we did see a modest but significant decline in testing rates after PCI driven by declines in [stress testing] rates, especially nuclear [stress tests]," researchers said. Healio/Cardiology Today's Intervention (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Who should discuss imaging results with patients?
    A study published in a radiology journal found 95% of primary care doctors who responded to a survey think ordering physicians should be charged with giving and explaining test results to patients. The study also found 94% of the respondents felt "medico-legally obligated by recommendations by radiologists with their reports." Researchers said radiologists should consider the findings when thinking about changing reporting practices. Medical News Today (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Abdominal fat tied to death risk in heart disease
    Data on more than 15,000 heart disease patients showed those who were of normal weight overall but had relatively large waistlines were 27% more likely to die than people who were obese but whose fat was distributed in other areas of their bodies rather than around their waistlines. The findings in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology indicate physicians should consider distribution of weight in evaluating risk, the researchers said. HealthDay News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Avoiding meat is better for the heart, research indicates
    Vegetarians were 32% less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease than those who eat meat or fish, according to a U.K. study to be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Aside from having reduced blood pressure and cholesterol levels, vegetarians had lower body mass indices and were less likely to suffer from diabetes than nonvegetarians, researchers said. Nurse.com (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Agency releases final Sunshine Act rule
    CMS on Friday released the final rule for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, requiring drug and device companies to gather information on gifts, payments and other value transfers provided to doctors and teaching hospitals starting Aug. 1. The rule also requires manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to report ownership and investment interests by physicians. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reimbursement from Medicare continues to cause concern
    Results from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index show radiology administrators have "very low confidence" that reimbursement from Medicare will be adequate for diagnostic and interventional radiology. Survey respondents, however, were confident that their internal costs will stay the same and their practices will remain stable or grow. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Free ASNC Course for Fellows-in-Training
    We invite all fellows-in-training to join ASNC in San Francisco on March 8, 2012, for our annual FIT program. Covering such topics as appropriate use criteria implementation, interpretation techniques, protocol evaluation and more, the Nuclear Cardiology for Fellows-in-Training course is a must for FITs attending ACC.13 and all fellows-in-training for cardiology, nuclear medicine and radiology. There are no registration fees for this course (member or nonmember), but advance registration is recommended to reserve a space. Register today at www.asnc.org/fellows. This activity is sponsored by Astellas Pharma US, Inc. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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