Assessing the need for nuclear cardiology and other advanced cardiac imaging modalities in the developing world

João V. Vitola, Leslee J. Shaw, Adel H. Allam, Pilar Orellana, Amalia Peix, Annare Ellmann, Kevin C. Allman, B. N. Lee, Chanika Siritara, Felix Y J Keng, Gianmario Sambuceti, Marla C. Kiess, Raffaele Giubbini, Salaheddine E. Bouyoucef, Zuo Xiang He, Gregory S. Thomas, Fernando Mut, Maurizio Dondi

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Abstract

Background: In 2005, 80% of cardiovascular disease (CVD) deaths occurred in low- to middle-income countries (i.e., developing nations). Cardiovascular imaging, such as myocardial perfusion SPECT, is one method that may be applied to detect and foster improved detection of at-risk patients. This document will review the availability and utilization for nuclear cardiology procedures worldwide and propose strategies to devise regional centers of excellence to achieve quality imaging around the world. Methods: As a means to establish the current state of nuclear cardiology, International Atomic Energy Agency member and non-member states were queried as to annual utilization of nuclear cardiology procedures. Other sources for imaging statistics included data from medical societies (American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, European Society of Cardiology, and the European Association of Nuclear Medicine) and nuclear cardiology working groups within several nations. Utilization was calculated by dividing annual procedural volume by 2007 population statistics (/100,000) and categorized as high (>1,000/100,000), moderate-high (250-999/100,000), moderate (100-249/100,000), low-moderate (50-99/100,000) and low (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)956-961
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nuclear Cardiology
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

Keywords

  • Education
  • Nuclear cardiology
  • Population
  • Training
  • Utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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    Vitola, J. V., Shaw, L. J., Allam, A. H., Orellana, P., Peix, A., Ellmann, A., Allman, K. C., Lee, B. N., Siritara, C., Keng, F. Y. J., Sambuceti, G., Kiess, M. C., Giubbini, R., Bouyoucef, S. E., He, Z. X., Thomas, G. S., Mut, F., & Dondi, M. (2009). Assessing the need for nuclear cardiology and other advanced cardiac imaging modalities in the developing world. Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, 16(6), 956-961. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12350-009-9104-y