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HERDIN Record #: NCR-PHC-17012310370914 Submitted: 23 January 2017 Modified: 26 January 2017

Application of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Appropriateness Criteria for Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography Myocardial Perfusion.

Jerry M. Obaldo

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Background. Myocardial perfusion imaging studies play an important role in the diagnosis and prognostic assessment of patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease. This study determined the appropriateness of the indications for myocardial perfusion imaging of patients referred to the Division of Nuclear Medicine of the Philippine Heart Center.


Methods. Clinical information and myocardial perfusion imaging findings of patients who underwent myocardial perfusion imaging from January 2008 to December 2009 were reviewed. The ACCF/ASNC Appropriateness Criteria for SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging was used to classify indications for referral.


Results. A total of 700 patients with a mean age of 55 years old were included in the study. There were 504 patients (72%) in the appropriate category and majority of them had abnormal myocardial perfusion imaging results (70.2%). There is highly significant association between appropriateness category and myocardial perfusion imaging findings. Most of the referring physicians were cardiologists. There is no association between myocardial perfusion imaging results and specialty of referring physicians among appropriateness categories.


Conclusions. The ACCF/ASNC Appropriateness Criteria for SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging may serve as a guide for attending physicians in the management of their patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease.

Publication Type
Journal
Publication Sub Type
Journal Article, Original
Title
Philippine Heart Center Journal
Frequency
Semi-Annual
Publication Date
January-June 2013
Volume
17
Page(s)
43-49
LocationLocation CodeAvailable FormatAvailability
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