Survey: Gamma cameras in nuclear labs are getting older

06/25/2013 | AuntMinnie.com (free registration)

Between 2009 and 2011, the average age of gamma cameras at U.S. nuclear cardiology facilities increased by two years, from 6.2 years in 2009 to 8.2 years in 2011, according to findings from the University of Missouri presented at the SNMMI Annual Meeting. Researchers said reimbursement issues and accreditation requirements contributed to the age difference. However, they also found that around four-fifths of patients having nuclear cardiology procedures are tested with gamma cameras that are less than 10 years old.

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