October 16, 2017
Venkatesh Murthy, MD, PhD, associate professor of radiology cardiovascular medicine, cardiac MR and nuclear cardiology at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was one of two scientists to receive an American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) inaugural award for best clinical abstract at the ASNC Annual Scientific Session, held in September in Kansas City, Missouri. His abstract, titled “Association of Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory Accreditation with Downstream Resource Utilization and Clinical Outcomes,” was supported by an investigator-initiated research grant funded by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
The study examined how IAC nuclear cardiology laboratory accreditation affects patient outcomes, including downstream catherization, revascularization, myocardial infarction and death. It revealed that IAC accreditation was associated with lower rates of downstream cardiac catheterization and revascularization within 90 days of imaging (when compared to non-IAC accredited facilities). Among patients not sent for catheterization, IAC accreditation was also associated with lower one-year mortality and a trend toward fewer myocardial infarctions.
For more information, see the IAC Press Release.