Top cardiac imaging choices to change

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers

October 10, 2006 -- Echocardiography, SPECT, and cardiac cath are the top three imaging modalities currently used by cardiologists for diagnosing key cardiac conditions, but that lineup may change over the next three years, according to a report recently issued by market research and consulting firm IMV Medical Information Division.

CT angiography (CTA) and MR angiography (MRA) are expected to be used more routinely, with CTA superseding SPECT and diagnostic catheterization procedures for diagnosing certain cardiac conditions, according to the Des Plaines, IL-based company.

In other report findings, U.S. cardiologists presently consider echocardiography as the number one diagnostic imaging modality used to evaluate congestive heart failure, valvular heart disease, endocarditis, syncope, and recent survivors of myocardial infarction and ventricular fibrillation, IMV said.

In addition, an estimated 72% of U.S. cardiologists presently order CTA procedures and 59% order MR or MRA procedures on a monthly basis. Over the next three years, cardiologists predict that CTA will become one of the top three modalities used for seven of the 11 major cardiac conditions covered in the IMV report, according to the company.

Cardiologists identify SPECT as one of the modalities they use more today than three years ago, and 96% routinely order SPECT procedures on a monthly basis, IMV said.

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers
October 10, 2006

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