Utilization patterns of single-photon emission cardiac tomography myocardial perfusion imaging studies in a rural tertiary care setting.BACKGROUND: Appropriate use criteria (AUC) for single-photon emission computed tomographic myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT MPI) were revised in 2009 to include 15 new clinical scenarios.
OBJECTIVE: are the appropriate utilization rates of SPECT MPI imaging similar for cardiology and non cardiology providers?
METHODS: all SPECT MPI studies performed for over a 6-month period at our center were reviewed.
RESULTS: 88% of studies were classified as appropriate, 5.5% as inappropriate, and 7% as uncertain. The ordering provider specialty did not show any relation with appropriateness of the test (P = 0.46).
CONCLUSIONS: A great majority of MPI studies are performed for appropriate indications regardless of ordering provider specialty.
Clin Cardiol. 2014 Feb;37(2):67-72