Last night I had the privilege to listen to David Bush MD from John Hopkins speak at Parrish Medical Center. He was very informative about the topic of heart disease and Cardiac CTA. With all of the talk of cut backs on Medicare reimbursements in this area I find it hard to believe that this exam should be considered. CTAs of the Heart are becoming the industry standard for patients that are not experience acute MI symptoms. Those patients will always needs immediate action taken by a cardiologist in a Cathlab setting.
The results the cardiovascular CT imaging community has been waiting for two years are in: Sixty-four-slice CT meets cardiac catheterization in the primary diagnosis of cardiovascular disease and disorders in all populations, according to results of the CorE 64 study announced Monday by Julie Miller, MD, lead investigator of the study and assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. The study also showed that early detection with 64-slice is a good predictor of who will need angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery.The coronary artery evaluation using 64-row multidetector CT angiography (CorE 64) trial findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Fla. The study marks the first time an imaging study was presented on AHA’s late-breaking clinical trials agenda. Toshiba and Bracco sponsored the nine-center, seven-country multi-center study. (source)