Medical Imaging 101
Medical imaging is commonly used as a critical tool in the diagnosis of numerous medical conditions, including heart disease and cancer. Imaging procedures are routinely used to help physicians determine the most effective treatment option and monitor disease progression. Diagnostic medical imaging procedures often employ imaging agents to highlight specific tissues and organs or physiological or pathological processes. Imaging agents can be used in a range of imaging modalities, including x-ray, computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, single photo emission computed tomography (SPECT), positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Committed to Appropriate Use
When appropriately used, medical imaging tests can provide critical diagnostic information enabling healthcare providers to better detect, characterize or rule out disease, potentially achieving improved patient outcomes, reducing patient risk and limiting overall costs for patients, payers and the entire healthcare system.
In recent years, an industry-wide effort to ensure the appropriate use of medical imaging tests in order to reduce radiation exposure to patients and reduce costs to the healthcare system has resulted in the development of Appropriate Use Criteria. Lantheus fully supports this effort.
Appropriate Use Criteria and multi-society guidelines have been established by the American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), American Heart Association (AHA), Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), and European Society of Cardiology (ESC).