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ACCF Releases Appropriateness
Criteria for Cardiac CT and Cardiac MR

August 15, 2006 -- To address the many questions of when and for whom the new imaging technologies, like Multislice CT scanning and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging, should be used, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) along with six other key specialty and subspecialty societies released Appropriateness Criteria this week for these two relatively new clinical cardiac imaging modalities.

The Criteria were developed in order to address the growth in biomedical imaging to ensure that it is appropriate to patient needs. “This is the first information available to clinicians and payers to help guide decisions on when to use these two newer imaging procedures in certain clinical scenarios,” said Christopher Kramer, M.D., F.A.C.C., a member of the writing group for the Appropriateness Criteria. “With payment decisions being made daily and without any criteria to guide clinicians and payers, the ACCF and its partners felt it was critical to provide these Criteria now.”

related stories:
ACCF/ACR/SCCT/SCMR/ ASNC/NASCI/SCAI/SIR Appropriateness Criteria for Cardiac Computed Tomography and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging --Journal of the American College of Cardiology


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