Study: 1 in 7 patients had inappropriate SPECT MPI tests

12/10/2009 | TCTMD.com

A study on data pertaining to 6,351 patients who underwent SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging at six sites between March 1, 2008, and February 28, 2009, found that the tests for about one in seven patients were inappropriate. The tests were assessed using a computer algorithm based on appropriate-use criteria developed by several professional groups. The algorithm could help physicians determine more accurate tests and avoid the inappropriate ones, the researchers said.

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